Video courtesy of EMDRIA, EMDR International Association
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) is an 8 phase approach to psychotherapy that is internationally recognized as an empirically supported treatment when provided by a clinician who has completed an EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in EMDR.
Scientific research has shown that EMDR is effective for trauma; in addition, clients and clinicians are reporting that EMDR is successful in treating other issues:
(Does this stuff really work?)
EMDR is a research-based therapy with over 20 years of scientific validation. There are more controlled studies validating EMDR for the treatment of PTSD (post- traumatic stress disorder) than any other treatment method.
The practice guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association (2004), American Psychological Association, and the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense (2004) have placed EMDR in the highest category of effectiveness.
EMDR is currently a top rated treatment for trauma, both single incident (car accident, natural disasters) and complex (chronic childhood deprivation and abuse). Brain research has shown that trauma significantly alters not only brain chemistry but also brain structure; PET brain scans have shown that EMDR facilitates neurobiological repair.
If you would like to read more about EMDR, including case studies I recommend: