“Francine Shapiro has given a life transforming gift to the world by her rigorous development of a science validated approach to soothing the suffering of our small and large life traumas. Our experiences are remembered in networks of interconnected neural patterns that can later create maladaptive ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving that may form prisons of the mind, forcing us to live in automatic ways we may believe we cannot change. Yet how we focus the mind can actually change the very structure of the brain itself. The key is to know how to use our awareness to create this important healing.”
Daniel J. Siegel, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
Author of The Developing Mind and Mindsight
EMDR Therapy is a trauma reprocessing treatment with a 25-year-history of solid research and life altering outcomes for millions of clients. EMDR uses a patient’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to facilitate resumption of normal information processing and integration, which may have been interrupted during a traumatic event. The treatment helps to completely process the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new experiences that are more supportive of full health. Processing is more than talking—it sets up a learning state that allows experiences that are causing problems to be ‘digested’ and stored more appropriately in the brain. What was useful for you to understand from a situation will be learned and stored with the appropriate emotions.
The goal of EMDR Therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and interactions. After an EMDR Therapy session many report a decrease in distress from traumatic memories, an improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbances, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.
There are many emotions and experiences that benefit from EMDR Therapy:
- Complicated grief
- Disturbing memories/responder trauma
- Pain disorders
- Performance anxiety
- Sexual and physical abuse
EMDR Therapy’s standardized protocols incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. EMDR Therapy has been recognized by top organizations as a leading treatment for trauma, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense; and the mental health departments of Northern Ireland and Israel.
If you would like to learn more about EMDR Therapy, I recommend, “Getting Past Your Past” by Francine Shapiro, the developer and lead researcher behind EMDR Therapy.