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What is EMDR?

EMDR Seating PositionEMDR, 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 Francine Shapiro - Edinburgh 2014experiences. 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.


EMDR Lebanon Association

EMDR Lebanon Association (Decree # 691 - Foundation Date Apr. 25, 2013) is a non-profit Lebanese organization of mental health professionals who are practicing psychotherapy and who are trained or certified in EMDR Therapy. EMDR is the acronym of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and it is a psychotherapy approach that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr. Francine Shapiro, in 1987.

EMDR Lebanon Association’s
main purpose is to introduce EMDR Therapy to the Lebanese community and to spread the awareness of its efficacy and potency in treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorders as well as other psychological disorders that originated from traumas and unprocessed negative experiences. It also seeks to organize EMDR training workshops, lectures, and conferences for mental health professions in Lebanon and the Arab world. Furthermore, EMDR Lebanon Association wishes to take part in building a network of communication among EMDR clinicians nationally and internationally.