What is EMDR therapy?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that adjusts the brain’s reaction to traumatic memories and helps it fully process them. It is an eight-step treatment that uses rapid and bilateral eye movement to achieve this and move patients beyond the “frozen” state in which they have been left after a trauma.

What is the history of EMDR?

Psychologist Francine Shapiro designed the therapy in 1987 after observing how eye movements similar to rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and conducted under certain condition can reduce the intensity of traumatic memories.

Who are the candidates for EMDR treatment?

EMDR has helped patients with PTSD, including victims of military combat, rape, physical assault ,or car accidents who continue to experience to fear or even pain from the memories.
EMDR helps many other mental health disorders, including common problems like anxiety and work-related stress. Here are other conditions it has been shown to relieve:

  • Treatment-resistant PTSD
  • Eating disorders
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Sex addiction
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Addiction or abuse
  • Excess grief
  • Unresolved conflict
  • Sexual assault trauma
  • Disaster trauma
  • Work-related stress
  • Dissociative identity disorder
  • Migraines
  • Somatic digestive complaints
  • Emotional trauma
  • Skin disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Anger management
  • Teeth grinding
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Personality disturbances
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Marital problems
How effective is EMDR treatment?

Extensive research has shown that EMDR is the most effective treatment we have for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Efficacy of EMDR therapy varies from person to person, but case studies and testimonials show positive results.

To learn more about eye movement desensitization and reprocessing treatment and whether this approach can work for you, reach out to Strategic Mental Services.