Definition

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR) is a psychotherapy proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR combines eye movement, which is a neurological process, with elements of cognitive therapy and other techniques to address issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias
  • Habits

By helping patients process disturbing images and thoughts, EMDR can make the images less disturbing, and change the way they feel about them. The process enables patients to overcome traumas that have hindered them for years.

Key Things to Know About EMDR

  • EMDR can help people regain control of their sleep.
  • EMDR was developed in the late 80's by Francine Shapiro, PhD. (Source)
  • EMDR therapy has been clinically shown to be a safe and effective treatment for individuals, both children and adults, who are struggling with disturbing thoughts as a result of trauma.



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