Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy that has been used for over 30 years. It integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic approaches, yet there are aspects of EMDR that are unique. In particular, the therapist leads a patient in a series of lateral eye movements while the patient simultaneously focuses on various aspects of a disturbing memory or thought. The left – right eye movements in EMDR therapy are a form of “bilateral stimulation”. Other forms of bilateral stimulation used in our clinic include alternating bilateral sound using headphones and alternating tactile simulation using a handheld device that vibrates or taps the hands.
EMDR therapy is applicable for a wide range of psychological problems that result from overwhelming life experiences.
EMDR has demonstrated significant effect with trauma, pain, anxiety, panic, depression, stress, attachment problems, and emotional distress.