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What is EMDR?

EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) is a cost-effective non-invasive evidence-based method of psychotherapy that facilitates adaptive information processing developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD in the late 1980′s. EMDR Therapy is an eight-phase treatment which comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies. Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive.

During this procedure, patients tend to “process” the memory in a way that leads to a peaceful resolution. This often results in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and long held negative thoughts about the self. For example, an assault victim may come to realize that he was not to blame for what happened, that the event is really over, and, as a result he can regain a general sense of safety in his world.

Since the development of EMDR Therapy, many adaptations of the therapy have been established to address particular types of psychological problems, but all specialized applications rest on EMDR Therapy’s basic protocols and concept of adaptive information processing.

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