(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
Who can EMDR help? EMDR is used to treat a variety of symptoms and diagnoses, but is most well known for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some of the symptoms that EMDR can help alleviate are:
- High anxiety
- Memories and flashbacks of a traumatic experience
- Fear of being alone
- Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
- Difficulty in trusting others
- Relationship issues
- Pain Management
- Eating Disorders
Why EMDR? Dr. Francine Shapiro, pioneer of EMDR, recently answered questions on the New York Times blog. Personally, I have seen the incredible difference that EMDR has made in the lives of my clients. If you have specific questions regarding whether or not EMDR would be a good treatment option for you, please feel free to contact me.
Can EMDR be used with children? Yes! There are variations that are used, for example, drawing or using a sand tray, but research has shown EMDR to also work with children. In my practice, I use EMDR with clients as young as three years old.
Where have I heard about EMDR? In 2016, HONY (Humans of New York) featured several photos that described a veteran's journey to healing with EMDR from PTSD. To see these photos and read more about his story, please visit: www.humansofnewyork.com.
The film above was released by the International Association for EMDR (EMDRIA, for more information on EMDR, please visit emdria.org.