What is EMDR?
EMDR is short for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
According to the EMDR Institute (www.emdr.com), extensive research supports the effectiveness of EMDR in the treatment of trauma and other mental health disorders. The American Psychiatric Association (2004), as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2004) recognized the effectiveness of EMDR in the treatment of PTSD.
EMDR, when deemed as an appropriate intervention by a trained clinician, is a very powerful tool that can help clients process their trauma in a way that traditional talk-therapy cannot. EMDR uses different types of bi-lateral stimulation, such as auditory and tactile stimulation, similar to eye movements during REM sleep. EMDR is highly effective in 80-90% of cases, and the results are fairly rapid, particularly when compared to alternative treatment methods. In simple terms, EMDR allows the right and left side of the brain to connect and process trauma that is stuck in the limbic system, and can provide intense relief for clients. For more information please visit: www.emdr.com or www.emdria.org.