Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well-researched and proven integrative psychotherapy approach that is used to accelerate emotional healing and reduce psychological distress. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation through eye movements, tapping, or tones to facilitate the brain’s ability to process and heal from emotional pain. As a result the patient reaches a more integrated, calm and relaxed state.
EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro and was originally used in the treatment of trauma to alleviate disturbing memories. It has since been used to reduce anxiety, depression, grief, and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It has also been extremely effective in reducing or eliminating addictive and compulsive behaviors. For over 30 years, clinicians worldwide have successfully treated millions of people.