(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing):
A form of trauma resolution therapy that utilizes bilateral stimulation.
EMDR is a process or style of therapy that is being used all over the world and with over a million patients who have experienced trauma of one kind or another, who suffer from the disease of addiction, who have not found relieve for their excessive anxiety or whose lives are so filled with stress that they have been unable to function to their fullest capabilities.
According to Francine Shapiro, the author of this breakthrough therapy for overcoming anxiety, stress and trauma, “EMDR integrates elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.”
She goes on to state, “During EMDR the client attends to past and present experiences in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus.” Various forms of bi-lateral stimulation (light sound or touch) serve to prompt the brain to function in new ways. Reactivity to memories or present day concerns is reduced. New memories may surface. Stress levels are lowered.