Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is by far one of my favorite treatment modalities. I have seen absolutely astonishing progress when utilizing this treatment approach, and quickly! EMDR is suitable for all ages, and for a variety of diagnoses, although is best known as a treatment approach for PTSD and exposure to trauma.
I am certified in EMDR, not simply trained in EMDR, and have been certified by EMDRIA, ensuring I completed rigorous training and have had extensive cases utilizing EMDR. When seeking a clinician who is utilizing EMDR as a treatment approach, you will want to confirm they have been trained and/or certified by an EMDRIA approved program.
From EMDR Institute Inc:
“EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.”