Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a complex, highly specialized therapy that combines several therapeutic methods— psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, etc.—with eye movements or other forms of rhythmical stimulation, such as hand taps or sounds. It involves recalling a stressful past event and “reprogramming” the memory in the light of a positive, self-chosen belief. EMDR has been shown to be effective in the treatment and relief of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and other types of disorders listed in the DSM IV. Theories as to why EMDR works are still evolving. Learn about the EMDR treatment method, the benefits, drawbacks and research results.
Original Work Citation
Bruzzese, D., & Moore, M. (2006, April). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Southwest Regional Behavioral Health Conference, Albuquerque, NM
“Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed January 16, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/17726.