EMDR is the acronym that represents “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped a estimated 2 million people of all ages, relieve many types of psychological distress.
Developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro who then issued a scientifically validated report to the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 1989 of the efficacy of EMDR. Today over 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR and have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information.
EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM sleep
EMDR can treat
One or more sessions are required for the therapist to understand the nature of the problem and assess whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment and to explain EMDR more thoroughly.
A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes.
Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety.
Beverly R. Saller, MA, LPCC trained in the EMDR technique in 2007 and participates monthly in continuing education meetings about EMDR.