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What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, addictions, and a variety of other disorders. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model indicates that EMDR makes it easier to access and process traumatic memories and to bring these to an adaptive resolution. After successful treatment with EMDR, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced (Shapiro, 2001). EMDR is thought to help create new connections in the brain in order to process through the traumatic or hurtful memories that are causing the current symptomatic distress. These new associations are thought to result in complete information processing, new learning, elimination of emotional distress, and development of cognitive insights.


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