What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing*


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress.


During EMDR therapy, the client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event. The therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain, while the client focuses on the disturbing material while noticing whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content. Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one's self; for example, "I did the best I could." During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.


*Designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization (Who), the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and more.


​For more information about EMDR go towww.emdria.org