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EYEMOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND
REPROCESSING
(EMDR)
WHAT IS EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
(EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been
extensively researched & proven effective for the
treatment of trauma & other anxiety related
disorders.  It is a set of standardized protocols that
incorporate elements from many different treatment
approaches.  Therapists trained in EMDR guide clients
through these techniques to assist patients in resolving
past trauma, addressing current situations which
trigger trauma reactions, and in developing the skills
needed to manage stress.

For more information on EMDR techniques and
research, please visit www.emdr.com.

HOW WAS EMDR DEVELOPED?
The effect that eye movements could reduce the
intensity of disturbing thoughts was observed first by
Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987.  Dr. Shapiro studied the
effect scientifically and reported success using EMDR
to treat victims of trauma.  

HOW DOES EMDR WORK?
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works
neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know
that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot
process information as it does ordinarily. One moment
becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma
may feel as bad as going through it the first time
because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’
t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative
effect that interferes with the way a person sees the
world and the way they relate to other people.


EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that
the brain processes information. Normal information
processing is resumed, so following a successful
EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images,
sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to
mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less
upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals.
However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs
naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye
movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of
as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person
see disturbing material in a new and less distressing
way.

HOW LONG DOES EMDR TAKE?
One or more sessions are required for the therapist
to understand the nature of the problem and to
decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment.
The therapist will also discuss EMDR more fully and
provide an opportunity to answer questions about the
method. Once therapist and client have agreed that
EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the
actual EMDR therapy may begin.

The type of problem, life circumstances, and the
amount of previous trauma will determine how many
treatment sessions are necessary. EMDR may be used
within a standard "talking" therapy, as an adjunctive
therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment
all by itself.


This information was taken from EMDRIA. com.

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EMDR
WHAT CAN EMDR TREAT?
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:

  • panic attacks
  • complicated grief
  • dissociative disorders
  • disturbing memories
  • phobias
  • pain disorders
  • eating disorders
  • performance anxiety
  • stress reduction
  • addictions
  • sexual and/or physical abuse &
    neglect
  • body dysmorphic disorders
  • personality
    disorders
                                  
DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Approximately 20 controlled studies
have investigated the effects of
EMDR. These studies have consistently
found that EMDR effectively
decreases/eliminates the symptoms of
post traumatic stress for the majority
of clients. Clients often report
improvement in other associated
symptoms such as anxiety. The current
treatment guidelines of the
American
Psychiatric Association
and the
International Society for Traumatic
Stress Studies designate EMDR as an
effective treatment for post traumatic
stress. EMDR was also found effective
by the
U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs
and Department of Defense
and many other international health and
governmental agencies. Research has
also shown that EMDR can be an
efficient and rapid treatment.