What is EMDR?
EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an integrative psychotherapy approach that controlled research studies have proven its effectiveness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is also effective in treating anxiety and other psychological disorders that developed after very disturbing life experiences. EMDR, developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, is based on the model of Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) that posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. EMDR facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories to bring them to an adaptive resolution (Shapiro, 2001).
Shapiro, Francine (2001). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. 2nd ed. New York: The Guilford Press.