What is EMDR?

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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