Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that enables people to heal from symptoms and distress that are the result of traumatic experiences- often allowing patients to work through their painful experiences more quickly than traditional psychotherapy.
One study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions.
EMDR therapy has been so widely researched that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by several organizations including:
Extensive research shows that EMDR therapy is effective in treating the “every day” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. In fact, EMDR is so widely used and accepted that over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.
How EMDR Works:
During the sessions, the clinician helps the client identify which memory or experience to focus on first. The client is then asked to bring their attention to certain aspects of the event and to use their eyes to track the therapist's hand as it moves back and forth across the client's field of vision. During this process, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and internal associations are activated and the client begins to process the traumatic experience.
Once complete, the meaning of the painful event is transformed on an emotional level. EMDR helps clients accelerate the emotional and intellectual process of dealing with these memories and leaves them feeling empowered and able to heal more efficiently.