EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing


EMDR what is it?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an innovative clinical treatment for victims of trauma. Since its introduction in 1989, the approach has been taught to over 17,000 clinicians worldwide. With very positive results emanating from recent studies, EMDR is now the most extensively researched treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and many other applications are also being explored.


How does it work?
EMDR is a time efficient, comprehensive methodology for the treatment of the disturbing experiences that underlie much pathology. Drawing on behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic, body-based and systems therapies, it provides profound and stable treatment benefits in a short period of time. Through eye movements, EMDR helps victims of trauma reprocess disturbing thoughts and memories. Current research suggests that the eye movements link its affects to REM sleep, dual attention and drawing on both sides of the brain to let go of the painful feelings and physical symptoms associated with the traumatic event.


Who benefits from this treatment tool?

Controlled studies of Vietnam veterans, September 11, 2001 victims and family members, Oklahoma bomb survivors, other crimes, rape, abuse, phobias, accident, illness, catastrophic loss and natural disaster indicate that the method is capable of rapid change and a significant reduction of symptoms such as emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares.


Summary
EMDR is a new and exciting treatment method that is now assisting people all over the world with a wide range of psychological problems. It is a powerful tool for relieving human suffering. The Eye Movement and Reprocessing (EMDR) method accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self esteem issues related to both upsetting past events and present life conditions.

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