Eye Movement Desentitisation & Reprocessing Therapy

Eye Movement Desentitisation & Reprocessing Therapy

Also known as EMDR, this is a psychological treatment developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1980’s as a way to deal with the distressing symptoms of trauma. It involves using bi-lateral stimulation (such as eye movements where the client follows the therapists’ hand going from side to side in front of their field of vision), which can allow the client to be able to process distressing memories and feelings. There has been a considerable research showing this to be a very successful form of therapy and in recent years the use of EMDR has broadened to help people with anxieties and phobias as well as trauma.