What is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)?
"EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client's ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight-phase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers" (EMDR International Association)
EMDR is recognized as an empirically validated therapay for PTSD
Department of Veteran Affairs and DOD
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
American Psychiatric Association
U.K. National Institute for Clinical Excellence
Cochrane Database Reviews
Australian Center for Post-traumatic Mental Health
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
WHO Guidelines for treating PTSD
What psychological conditions can be treated with EMDR psychotherapy?
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Reaction to severe stress and adjustment disorders, Grief, Phobia, Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Performance Anxiety, Addiction Disorders, Sexual dysfunction, Psychological/Behavioral factors associated with medical illness, Somatoform Disorders, Disorders of adult personality and behavior, Dissociative Disorders
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