What is EMDR

What is EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro when she stumbled onto the discovery that eye movement can help reduce negative activation related to trauma and other disturbing thoughts or feelings. EMDR is a well-researched, effective method for reprocessing and desensitizing traumatic and disruptive memories by tapping into the brain physiological process of bilateral stimulation. Through bilateral stimulation (eye movement, sound or tactile stimulation), we are able to engage the parts of the brain related to our emotions, which makes trauma work a lot more effective.

EMDR will help anyone who struggles with:

•Panic attacks
•Pain disorders
•Complicated grief
•Stress reduction
•Dissociative disorders
•Addictions
•Disturbing memories
•Sexual and/or Physical abuse
•Phobias
•Body dysmorphic disorders
•Performance anxiety

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

Alternative versions of EMDR ask you to pay attention to sounds or tapping sensations which occur in sequence from left to right.
This side-to-side motion is called bilateral stimulation. It has been found to enhance memory processing and there are a number of theories explaining how it might do this. The important thing is to be able to find a form of bilateral stimulation that you are comfortable with.

Over 70% of our clients have undergone EMDR therapy our practitioners are all updated with the latest information and research data from EMDRIA , The EMDR International Association .


One or more sessions are required for the therapist to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. The therapist will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the method. Once therapist and client have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin. EMDR treatment can last up to 90 minutes and the number of sessions needed is directly tied to the severity of the trauma you experienced and the recommendation of your therapist.