EMDR explained

Written by Dustin Kebre MA, LMFT

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   Shapiro (2001), found Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to be an effective evidence based psychotherapy for treatment of psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, somatic symptoms and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

*   EMDR has become a rapid growing modality of treatment throughout the psychological field based on its effectiveness backed by research and the time IN, WHICH it takes to see substantial results.

   The very essence of EMDR is to re-frame how psychotherapy is conducted with substantial results in a much shorter period of time.

   Trauma can derive from a painful moment, memory or situation from our past.

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   Trauma comes down to how did you experience this event that you are now hurting from.

   EMDR wants to take those memories and reprocess them so that they are no longer disturbing or affecting you negatively.

*   stimuli—for example, the painful memories of a frightening accident—in their minds.

   We already do EMDR in our deep sleep, which we call REM sleep.


American Psychiatric Association (2000), Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition, Washington DC. Shapiro, F. (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, 2nd edition, N.Y.: The Guilford Press.



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