Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy designed to treat and alleviate symptoms related to traumatic memories, therefore allowing patients to heal from emotionally disturbing life experiences. EMDR incorporates many elements of effective treatment-based psychotherapies in specific structured protocols thereby maximizing treatment response. It incorporates aspects of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.

EMDR consists of eight different treatment phases, consisting of a typical treatment period of 8 weeks. EMDR has been studied in 20 controlled trials, with a positive response. Some studies shows that EMDR can have positive outcome rates as high as 84-90%, and positive results can be seen in as few as three 90 minute session.

Although most research into EMDR has examined its use in people with PTSD, EMDR is also used to treat many other psychological problems including anxiety and panic disorder, eating disorders, and addictions.