A research supported psychotherapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative method of psychotherapy.that has been extensively researched, scientifically validated, and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Successful outcomes have also been well documented for various types of psychological distress including: depression, anxiety, phobias, and relationship concerns. The model on which EMDR is based proposes that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of adverse life experiences. This can overwhelm a person's ability to cope and have a lasting negative effect on mental, emotional and physical health. EMDR facilitates healthy information processing and integration by targeting past experience, current triggers, and potential challenges in the future.
Is EMDR effective?
According to EMDRIA, "Approximately 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients. Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety." Use of EMDR is supported by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.