What is EMDR?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in 1989 by American psychologist Francine Shapiro to treat the psychological consequences of trauma (especially post-traumatic stress disorder). Treatment is grounded in the principle that a traumatic event can overwhelm healthy coping mechanisms, so that an event and its memory are never effectively processed. As a result, the trauma continues to exert harmful psychological and physiological effects long after the event is over.
EMDR is used in individual treatment to help Clients reframe traumatic events so that those events no longer exert the same harmful power over the Client’s psychological health. To that end, specific physical stimuli are used to help the Client reprocess and “work through” the trauma.