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EMDR is an acronym for a model of psychotherapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This innovative and powerful psychotherapy model was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1987 primarily to address the impact of trauma, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is also now being used effectively for many other problems. Rigorously controlled studies of EMDR have been published that document its effectiveness. Numerous international organizations and government bodies have endorsed it including:

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The US Department of Defense

The American Psychological Association

The American Psychiatric Association

EMDR is a systematic approach involving bilateral sensory stimulation, such as eye-movements, tapping or sounds, administered while a client focuses on difficult feelings, anxiety, psychological and somatic symptoms or disturbing memories. Psychotherapy, which utilizes EMDR, seems to facilitate the natural processing abilities of the brain and nervous system. An individual’s normal healing abilities are activated and the body-mind balance is supported in its inner capacity to mend.

What kind of problems can EMDR treat?

EMDR is effective in treating individuals who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences, such as assault, motor vehicle accidents, war trauma, torture, natural disasters, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. It is also increasingly used to treat complaints that are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated half a million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. It is rapid, safe and effective. Clinicians have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:

Abuse · Anxiety · Trauma · Depression · Phobias
Grief · Panic attacks · Performance Anxiety
Addictions · Conflict · Anxiety disorders

A typical EMDR session lasts about 90 minutes. The type of problem, life circumstances, and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. Many clients who have made slow progress in the past, or who have not benefited from more traditional talk therapies say that with EMDR they have finally found something that works for them!

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