About EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an accepted powerful psychotherapy, practiced by leading mental health organizations and therapists throughout the world. EMDR was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr. Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. EMDR psychotherapy enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to past disturbing events and present life conditions. As an integrative psychotherapy approach, EMDR is compatible with all contemporary paradigms including, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, and systemic.
 
By getting EMDR therapy, clients benefit in a relatively short time compared to other psychotherapy treatments. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma – much as the body can recover from physical trauma.  When you cut your skin, your body works to close the wound.  If the wound is neglected or not treated well, then it doesn’t heal and continues to cause pain for a long time.  If the wound is treated professionally – it heals. Similarly, professional EMDR therapy heals those mental ‘wounds’. EMDR has been empirically tested in multiple professionally controlled studies with trauma patients. It was proven to work very well (if conducted by professional EMDR therapists who follow strictly the EMDR protocols). EMDR has been proven to heal a wide range of mental issues, such as but not limited to traumas (e.g. PTSD), depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions, addictions, and couples relationship therapy (in cases where a traumatic episode, prior to or during the relationship, has had a clear impact on the relationship – such as a history of childhood sexual abuse, infidelity, death of a child, etc.) A number of neurophysiological studies have documented the rapid post-treatment EMDR effects and millions of people worldwide have been treated successfully with EMDR.
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