Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing
EMDR is used to complement other therapeutic approaches in
the treatment of emotional and psychological disturbances. By
accessing both sides of the brain, the client is able to
experience the upsetting event in a less painful and less
reactive way. I have used EMDR to help people resolve:
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Abuse
- After effects of Abuse, Trauma, Crime, or War
EMDR can help reduce the emotional intensity generated in response to a stressful or traumatic event.
My experience is that many people show dramatic improvements in a short amount of
time, while there are also those who will progress more slowly.
The rate of progress is unique to the individual and
the clinical situation.
Background of EMDR
EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. in 1987. To
date, over 30,000 licensed mental health therapists in 52
countries have been trained. Because a clinical background is
necessary for the effective application of EMDR, training
workshops are limited to mental health professionals who are
licensed or certified to provide treatment. EMDR is a
specialized approach and method that requires supervised
training for full therapeutic effectiveness.
EMDR has been used around the world. Therapists have gone to
areas where traumatic events have occurred and have used EMDR to
treat victims and have trained therapists in those areas to use
EMDR. One example of this is the assistance offered to survivors of the