Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured approach to therapy that has been extensively researched and declared an effective evidence-based treatment for PTSD in the professional treatment guidelines of the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association. EMDR has helped more than 2 million people in their recovery from trauma and psychological stress.
EMDR incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. It is used to help reduce emotional distress related to traumatic experiences from the past that continue to impact one’s present day life. EMDR can be helpful in recovery from the effects of chronic childhood abuse and other difficult child and adult experiences, as well as from acute events, such as assault, accidents, and natural disasters. EMDR has also been used to treat phobias, anxiety and panic attacks, complicated grief, and other difficulties.
EMDR facilitates the processing of traumatic experience to the point of adaptive resolution. In other words, EMDR can help desensitize the trauma, so that its association with physical and emotional distress is reduced. EMDR can help people recognize and work on feelings and thoughts that come up with the trauma. It can help people think differently about themselves and the world in relation to the trauma. EMDR appears to stimulate a natural healing mechanism allowing for spontaneous movement toward health.
To view a complete list of Trauma Center staff and identify those who practice EMDR, click here. The Trauma Center has many Level II EMDR clinicians; Level I EMDR clinicians may be available at a reduced rate.