Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and  Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has  been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of  trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates  elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy  has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of  psychological stress. EMDR has obtained the seal of approval from entities American Psychiatric Association  and the International Society for Traumatic Stress, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the  Department of Defense. 

Can EMDR Work For You?Scientific research has established  EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress.  However, clinicians also  have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following  conditions. So if you feel that you struggle with any issues mentioned below EMDR will work for you:

  • Panic attacks
  • Complicated grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain disorders
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual and/or Physical abuse
  • Body dysmorphic disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Past, Present and Future Although EMDR may produce results more  rapidly than previous forms of therapy, speed is not the issue and it is  important to remember that every client has different needs. For  instance, one client may take weeks to establish sufficient feelings of  trust (Phase Two), while another may proceed quickly through the first  six phases of treatment only to reveal, then, something even more  important that needs treatment. Also, treatment is not complete until  EMDR therapy has focused on the past memories that are contributing to  the problem, the present situations that are disturbing, and what skills  the client may need for the future.

Excerpts from: F. Shapiro &  M.S. Forrest (2004) EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Anxiety, Stress  and Trauma. New York: BasicBooks.                  http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/perseus-cgi-bin/display/0-465-04301-1

What Previous Clients Have Said

“This is just a note to let you know  about how EMDR has changed my little girl. We started therapy in    November 2005, and we have had 8 sessions so far. She is 6 years old and  has had severe   symptoms of PTSD from being abused. Although regular  therapy had been a little successful, her progress was slow and  arduous.  Now through EMDR my daughter seems happier, and her “fits” (aggressive rages) have been significantly reduced. Even though we are  still in EMDR therapy, I could not wait to tell you how much we think  this therapy has helped our precious daughter. Nothing we   have tried  was this successful.” Warmest Regards, R. A.   Colorado

The above resources taken from the EMDR IA web page for accuracy.

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

EMDR HOMEPAGE

EMDR INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION HOMEPAGE

ARTICLE ON EMDR’S “A” GRADE FROM THE VA DOD

EMDR PROFESSIONAL JOURNAL AND PUBLISHING ARTICLES

WEB MD ON EMDR

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