What is EMDR Therapy?
- EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
- It is a non-traditional psychotherapy approach developed in the late 1980s by Francine Shapiro, PhD, an American psychologist.
- There have been numerous studies that show evidence of its effectiveness in treatment.
What is EMDR Therapy used for?
A few examples include:
- Alcohol Addiction
- Drug Addiction
- Eating Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Physical Abuse
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
How does EMDR work?
- EMDR is composed of 8 stages that prods the patient to acknowledge the root of their trauma, typically a singular traumatic experience that served as a catalyst for the mental illness to form.
- Guided by the EMDR therapist, the patient is able to reprocess the significant memory, allowing them the opportunity to relearn or adjust their perspective on the trauma in a healthier way.