What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective, evidence-based therapy for the treatment of trauma and related issues.
It is endorsed by the American Psychological Association, World Health Organization, and the Department of Veteran Affairs. EMDR has been extensively researched and recommended as a gold standard treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
EMDR therapy incorporates side-to-side movement of one’s eyes or other auditory or tactile modality into an approach that processes and releases disturbing information trapped in one’s mind and body.
It can free people from upsetting images, nightmares, body sensations, debilitating emotions, and restrictive beliefs.
EMDR has helped millions of people recover from such traumas as:
- Childhood abuse
- Cult involvement and escape
It is also helpful in the treatment of lesser traumas that give rise to symptoms of:
- Low self-esteem
- Creativity blocks
- Relationship difficulties
Typically healing occurs much more rapidly than in traditional psychotherapy. Because of EMDR’s ability to clear emotional blockages, many people experience a newfound sense of joy, openness and deep connection with others.
I am a certified EMDR practitioner. I have been trained by the internationally recognized author, researcher, clinician and founder of the Parnell Institute, Dr. Laurel Parnell. I am also a certified practitioner in the utilization of AF-EMDR (Attachment-Focused EMDR), which combines the latest in attachment theory and research into EMDR.
The clip below provides a concise explanation of EMDR from EMDR: A Documentary Film.