What is EMDR?
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. (source)
EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events. Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions. With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach. (source)
Who is it for?
Those seeking treatment and resolution from trauma, either past or present
Especially effective for those suffering from PTSD. (PTSD Treatment Guidelines)
For more information on using EMDR to treat a more specific diagnosis, please discuss treatment options with provider to see if you would be a good candidate for EMDR therapy.