Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a clinically researched method of healing that is used in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, and other distressing life experiences. When administered with a skilled therapist utilizing the standardized protocols; EMDR can be a remarkable method of recovery. It appears the bilateral stimulation mimics the curative properties found in deep REM sleep. This provides an opportunity for the client to reprocess the original trauma and consequently shift their cognitions to ones that are beneficial, creating new-found peace and freedom. After successful administration and completion of EMDR therapy, clients report a remembrance of the event without the negative side effects or emotional triggers that previously disturbed them.
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The following videos clarify the process of EMDR:
Introduction to EMDR therapy
Can you tell us why EMDR works? Dr. Andrew M. Leeds Ph.D.
I recommend the following insightful book:
Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro, PhD