EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy was first developed in the late 1980s by Francine Shapiro, a psychologist. The basic concept is that disturbing memories, which can cause emotional distress, are processed or “digested” more efficiently when combined with eye movements.
Through repeated sessions of EMDR therapy, clients are able to work through these difficult memories and experiences and move forward in their lives without being hindered by the past.
EMDR has become an evidence-based practice for treating trauma and PTSD, as well as anxiety, depression, phobias and other psychological problems. It has been found to be very effective in helping people heal from traumatic events such as abuse or violence.
In addition to treating trauma, EMDR has also been used to help people overcome fears and phobias as well as cope with anxiety and depression. By helping people process difficult memories in a safe space, EMDR can help them lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. Although the exact mechanisms of how EMDR works are still being debated, its effectiveness has been documented in many research studies over the years.