What is EMDR?

EMDR is a psychotherapy which enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress of disturbing life experiences. With EMDR people can have the benefits of a psychotherapy that dramatically shortens the time to heal and begin to enjoy a healthier, fulfilling life.

Just as the body can heal from physical trauma, the mind can heal from psychological trauma. If a splinter, festering in the body is removed, the body can heal. Similarly, when an emotional block or imbalance is corrected in the central nervous system, healing happens naturally.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, (EMDR) was developed my Dr Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR therapy is also known as Adaptive or Accelerated Information Processing, uses the individual’s own rapid rhythmic eye movements in the process. Therapist and client work collaboratively to connect the client to images and emotions related to a particular original experience or disturbing event. As the client brings up the original experience in present time, negative and positive beliefs, emotions and body sensations are identified. The therapist guides the client to follow their fingers or a technical device to move their eyes left to right (as in REM or dream sleep). Tapping may be used in place of eye movements.