Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is an evidenced-based modality that was discovered in 1987 by Francine Shapiro. It has recently gained more credibility as research shows it to be quite effective in treating trauma, sometimes just as much or even more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy. EMDR has shown validity through many research trials in treating conditions that include panic, anxiety, trauma and PTSD symptoms, sleep disturbances, and performance anxiety. While not yet evidenced in treatment of compulsive behaviors or easing the pain response from somatic disorders, EMDR is extending its research and training into these areas to assess the viability of treatment for these conditions.
Ever since hearing about this specialized treatment that can alleviate and sometimes even cure PTSD symptoms, I became interested in it's unique ability to change the course of how one experiences everyday life. I have seen individuals go from states of fear and dread to feeling at peace with themselves and lives again.
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*Special Note: While EMDR is an effective means of treatment, trauma is complicated as well as its effects on the nervous system. Some individuals may start EMDR as early as their second session while others may be in therapy for months before their first EMDR session.