Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, promotes the healing of the brain’s information processing system and allows emotional stability and symptom reduction by utilizing “dual stimulation” exercises to discuss past trauma while simultaneously engaging other parts of the brain through bilateral eye movements, tones, or taps. EMDR helps clients in their process of recovery from trauma. EMDR is approved by the American Psychological Association as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma conditions.
Many studies have shown that 77% of combat veterans and those struggling with other forms of PTSD no longer exhibited and reported PTSD symptoms after six to twelve, 50-minute EMDR therapy sessions. California’s Mental Research Institute has also found EMDR to be “an important addition to the treatment of substance abuse.”