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What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. It was developed in 1987 by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro into a well-tested protocol, initially for highly-effective treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, it has since been very successfully adapted to help resolve a wide number of issues.

Dr. Shapiro's theoretical model for EMDR is based on what she calls Adaptive Information Processing. The idea is that current symptoms are triggered by unresolved historical trauma which, at the time, are 'locked' in the nervous system. All the related affects of experience and distress can be misfiled or simply unprocessed in our physiology, leaving us open to being triggered by stimuli in our present life into our original traumatic state. EMDR seems to unlock these unresolved traumatic affects, and allows our system to process and resolve them in a way that is no longer disturbing.

The 'reprocessing' aspect of treatment allows us to reinterpret the old material in a new way, letting go of what is no longer valuable about the experience, and allowing the adaptive memory networks of the brain to find new insights and resources. For more information, please see the FAQ page.

A study comparing the effectiveness of Prozac vs. EMDR showed that EMDR was more successful than Prozac in achieving substantial and sustained reductions in anxiety and depression.
(The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, January 2007)


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