A new option for treating trauma


'And you were really snoring deeply," declared the wife of a Taos Behavioral Health client in delight. Not the kind of message most wives might give to their spouse! But in this case, her husband experienced the first deep restful sleep he had had in 20 years.

The reason? He had just experienced his first Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy session at Taos Behavioral Health to deal with an old work-related injury. And yes, clients often have immediate changes in their processing of traumatic memories and other negative life experiences when they are treated with EMDR. EMDR is a relatively new tool in the clinical practice developed in 1989 by Dr. Francine Shapiro for treatment of traumatized clients. Shapiro was walking through sun-dappled woods when she realized that her negative emotions were lessening as her eyes darted from side to side. She wondered if the same positive effect might occur in her patients. She found it was true when she tried it in her practice.






Mary McPhail Gray

Original Work Citation

Gray, M. M. (2019, December 27). A new option for treating trauma. Taos News. Retrieved from https://www.taosnews.com/stories/a-new-option-for-treating-trauma,61458 on 12/31/2019



“A new option for treating trauma,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed June 24, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/26224.

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