EMDR is an acronym for ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’
EMDR is rated as being the best method of treatment for trauma and is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the treatment of trauma.
EMDR is a therapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. This could be a major one incident trauma or an intolerable situation that was on-going.
EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute (in Palo Alto, USA), she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in the 1989.
Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.
Therapists always have a background in mental health before undertaking training in EMDR. You are strongly recommended to only consult legitimate clinicians who have undergone a bona-fide EMDR training.