She found relief for PTSD with a different kind of therapy. But does it work?
It was Kyle Henn, recovering from his own PTSD after surviving the plane crash, who recommended eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, or EMDR. Psychologist Francine Shapiro developed EMDR in 1987. Three years later, she founded the EMDR Institute, which has trained more than 100,000 practitioners. Some therapists use sounds from headphones during a session. Others use eye movement, moving a finger or object back and forth as the patient follows, eyes moving left to right and back again. Others employ a bar on which small bulbs light up from one side to another. Patients follow the light or object with their eyes or listen to the alternating tone while thinking about a specific traumatic memory or series of memories. They describe the memories to the therapist, who gives guidance as needed. [Excerpt]
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Schreiber, M. (2016, August 1). She found relief for PTSD with a different kind of therapy. But does it work? Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/she-found-relief-for-ptsd-with-a-different-kind-of-therapy-but-does-it-work/2016/08/01/97e7df60-1aca-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html
“She found relief for PTSD with a different kind of therapy. But does it work?,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed September 30, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/23983.