Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive psychotherapy, originally developed by Francine Shapiro. EMDR has been clinically proven to accelerate the treatment of a wide range of problems and self-esteem issues related both to disturbing past traumatic events and present life conditions. This interactive approach has been empirically tested with clients who have experienced a broad range of disturbing life experiences, including accidents, loss of a job or a loved one, rape, sexual molestation, exposure to combat and natural disasters. EMDR offers a reprocessing of disturbing life experiences resulting in a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms such as emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares. EMDR is also used to treat relationship problems and self-esteem issues as well as anxiety, depression, complicated grief reactions, phobias and addiction. It can also alleviate performance anxiety at work, on the playing field and in the performing arts.
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EMDR Institute, Inc. trains licensed mental health practitioners in EMDR worldwide. Offers a referral listing of practitioners who have been trained by the Institute. Founded by the developer of EMDR, Dr. Francine Shapiro.
EMDR International Association is a non-profit professional association whose mission is to establish, maintain, and promote the highest standards of excellence, and integrity in EMDR practice, research, education and professional training. EMDRIA sponsors international conferences, has a membership directory, referral service and publishes a quarterly newsletter.
Provides up to date information and research on trauma and EMDR for clinicians and consumers.