EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing) was develops by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the 1980s and has helped thousands of people to overcome emotional trauma, phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, grief, and loss. It is recommended for victims of abuse, car accident victims, as well for emotionally and physically scarred individuals.
EMDR is an integrative therapy, which has been extensively researched and is proven to be highly effective in the treatment of trauma. EMDR uses standardized protocols and has the goal of processing the traumatic experience the client is seeking help for. Processing does not mean talking about the trauma, but rather placing the client in a learning state (achieved through bilateral eye movements), so that the information is stored correctly in the brain. That means that the useful information that can be extracted from the experience is stored in the brain for future use, while the negative emotions, distorted beliefs, and unpleasant physical sensations are discarded. Negative emotions and behaviors are usually caused by unprocessed childhood traumas. The goals of EMDR is to retain the emotions, understanding and points of view generated by the traumatic events that push the client toward healthy behavioral and relationships.
The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Definition of EMDR