What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have been doing EMDR since 1994 and am certified in EMDR. Certification is a lengthy and rigorous process including supervision.
EMDR can reprocess traumatic memories and put them in the past, where they belong. It can get you unstuck and improve self-esteem.
Bessel van der Kolk (2014), an international authority on the efficacy of research on trauma, attests to this is a very effective treatment for trauma. EMDR was introduced in 1989 by Francine Shapiro as a time-efficient comprehensive treatment for the disturbing experiences and traumas that underly many pathologies. Bilateral stimulation (eye movements back and forth, or tapping or sounds) help trauma sufferers reprocess disturbing thoughts and memories. EMDR is best understood according to the Accelerated Information Processing Model. This theory states that there is an innate physiological system which is able to transform disturbing input into an adaptive resolution and a psychologically healthy integration. Shapiro (1995) says: "..a vast range of experiences in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood can be located on a spectrum of trauma and can become subject to EMDR-activated shifts toward self-healing and resolution."