EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR is most widely used to process trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It has been clinically proven to be effective through extensive empirical research.
Dr. Shapiro discovered that trauma memories are stored in a part of our brain that is often not able to be healed by regular “talk therapy.” These trauma memories are protected and held by our brains and can sometimes feel “like they just happened yesterday,” causing some, extreme emotional pain and disturbance in their lives.
EMDR works by stimulating the part of the brain where traumatic memories are stored so they can be adequately processed.
The term "processed," means that the memory becomes much less intense and painful, even forgettable, much like the rest of your "non-important" memories. This is done with back-and-forth eye movements called BLS (Bi-Lateral Stimulation) directed by your EMDR clinician.
EMDR is not only used to treat trauma and PTSD with amazing results, but it is also used to effectively treat:
Sexual and/or Physical abuse
Body dysmorphic disorders
Visit EMDRIA.org for more on EMDR.