Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive approach to psychotherapy, originally developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987.  EMDR has been clinically proven to accelerate the treatment of a wide range of problems related to both disturbing past events and present life issues.  EMDR has been empirically tested to be effective with clients who have experienced a wide range of disturbing life experiences including rape, physical and sexual abuse, accidents, death of loved ones or other losses, natural disasters and exposure to combat.

EMDR reprocesses disturbing life experiences resulting in a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms.  EMDR is also effective in treating more complicated and long-standing relational and self-esteem issues stemming from childhood trauma such as neglect, abandonment and enmeshment.  EMDR has also been successfully used to alleviate anxiety and enhance performance at work, in school, in relationships and on the playing field.

EMDR brings together elements from well established clinical theoretical orientations including psycho-dynamic, cognitive, behavioral and client-centered.  For many clients, EMDR provides more rapid relief from emotional distress than conventional therapies.

As a result of extensive research, EMDR is widely recognized as an empirically-supported method of treatment for PTSD by the American Psychiatric Association, the US Department of Defense, the US Veterans Administration, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Israeli National Council for Mental Health.

EMDR requires the use of some type of sensory input.  For example, a client may experience bi-lateral stimulation while watching the lights on a light bar or following the clinicians fingers.  A client may also feel a vibration from two hand-held devices or hear sounds through ear phones.  The physical sensory input rapidly alternates between left and right sides and as clients experience these sensations, they recall certain aspects of their trauma.  While memories of the distressing event remains, the intensity of the client’s reactions to the trauma begins to diminish.  Theorists believe that dual attention to the traumatic memory and to alternating left-right sensory stimulation triggers a healing response in the brain.  Most clients who participate in EMDR therapy report a significant reduction of trauma-related symptoms.  It is important to note that EMDR may not be appropriate for every client.  Additionally, some clients may need a substantial period of time to stabilize before EMDR can be considered.  

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Seth A. Weinstein, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Specializing in Addictions, Trauma and Codependency