Desensitization & Reprocessing
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a type of integrative therapy that relies on bilateral stimulation--through eye movements, sound, or touch—to treat symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR was originally developed by Francine Shapiro to treat trauma and PTSD. It has been researched extensively and has become a popular treatment model due to its ability to rapidly activate the brain’s natural healing processes. This healing process is thought to arise from the biological process involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. When focusing on unpleasant memories, in conjunction with the eye movements, the meaning of the event is transformed on an emotional level, allowing the person to access adaptive skills and healthier beliefs to transform their future.