EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma and other distressing life experiences.
Experiencing trauma can block the brain’s natural way to recover from distressing events. EMDR is designed to reactivate this natural healing process through alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps and addressed the psychological and physical symptoms stemming from adverse life experiences. I have seen how amazing EMDR has been for my clients. It is incredible to watch their healing process with EMDR and the impact that healing has had on their lives.
Resources to learn more about EMDR
- What is EMDR? Learn the basics
- What is an actual EMDR session like? Learn the 8 phases of treatment
- Introductory video about EMDR
- EMDR experts explain the benefits of EMDR
- EMDR patients share their stories
- An EMDR therapist shares her EMDR experience
Effectiveness of EMDR
- Some studies show that 84-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have PTSD after only 3 sessions
- Another study found that 100% of the single trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims were no longer diagnosed with PTSD after only 6 sessions
- In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free from PTSD in 12 sessions
- Seven of 10 studies reported EMDR therapy to be more rapid and/or more effective than trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
- EMDR is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, and the Department of Defense
- Twenty-four randomized controlled trials support the positive effects of EMDR therapy in the treatment of emotional trauma and other adverse life experiences relevant to clinical practice.
- Twelve randomized studies of the eye movement component noted rapid decreases in negative emotions and/or vividness of disturbing images, with an additional 8 reporting a variety of other memory effects.
- Numerous other evaluations document that EMDR therapy provides relief from a variety of somatic complaints.
- EMDR is effective for people not diagnosed with PTSD as well, but are still impacted by painful memories and chronic pain.
- Research and frequently asked questions about EMDR
EMDR is available in multiple formats, including:
- Intensives (half-day and multiple-day options for new and established clients and 3-hour intensive sessions available for established clients only)
- Extended Sessions (80 minutes)
- 53-minute sessions