EMDR is a therapy developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD, in 1987, as an adaptive information processing approach to treat traumas or moments in time that become "frozen in time" and feel as bad in the present as in the original disturbance.

 

Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.  EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes this old, disturbing material. The person receiving EMDR therapy not only addresses the obvious symptoms of a problem, but can also end up with a wide variety of positive changes that affect all areas of life. Changing the memories that form the way we see ourselves also changes the way we view others. Therefore, our relationships, job performance, what we are willing to do or are to resist, all move in a positive direction.

 

EMDR is also researched and has reported success in the treatment of personality disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, dissociative disorders, phobias, pain disorders, stress, addictions, abuse, and many other conditions.

 

Resources: 

 

EMDRIA.org

EMDR.com

EMDR

© 2017 by Margaret Coats, LCAC, LMHC, RN