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. As research in EMDR grows, so does the modality itself as it begins to show effectiveness in treating other conditions including attachment, addictions, and chronic pain. While it will be some time before research can fully evaluate these areas, there are promising case studies that do support EMDR as an overall effective method of treatment.
My own experience with EMDR is quite extensive. When I entered therapy in graduate school, I experienced EMDR first hand as it alleviated my own childhood experiences. I attended my first basic training for EMDR in 2016. By 2019 I had completed all thirty hours of consultation to earn my full certification as an EMDRIA-certified practitioner. Since my original training I have broadened my skills and stretched EMDR into other conditions that include compulsive behaviors and chronic pain.