EMDR standsfor Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is an entire therapy treatment model that includes cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and body therapies with the additionof bi-lateral stimulation to treat numerous symptoms. Bi-lateral stimulation can come from eyemovements (watching a light bar or your therapist’s fingers move back and
forth), leg tapping, tones in headphones, or hand “buzzers”- all that move from
right to left and back again.
Francine Shapiro developed the protocol after realizing that while looking back and
forth at the views in a park, her difficult memories seemed less disturbing. Research indicates that EMDR is effective at reducing disturbing memories, emotions, and symptoms. The two major theories are that EMDR stimulates REM sleep and/or right and left brain processing to “make sense” of the disturbing thought or memory (this is known as Adaptive Information
EMDR is researched to be effective and efficient at reducing disturbing symptoms. We all deserve to be our healthiest and to be able to address disturbing memories and negative beliefs about ourselves. A client recently stated after completing EMDR, “I did a lot of work in talk (cognitive behavioral) therapy. I kept reaching a certain line that I have now been able to break through, cross, and really move forward in my life”.
What EMDR is not:
EMDR is not hypnosis; it does not numb or make memories go away. The client is ALWAYS in control. The memories exist with emotions attached,
but the “punch” is less significant.
Great books to learn more about and determine if EMDR is
right for you:
Getting Past Your Past by
Tapping In by Laurel
EMDR Essentials by Barb