What is EMDR ?

EMDR is an evidence –based, clinician led psychotherapy for Post –traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD).In addition ,successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems ,and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based Adaptive Information Processing (AIP),posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and /or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the clients ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight phase three –pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experiences, current triggers and future potential challenges, result in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory ,improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbances ,and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers. EMDR therapy is a therapeutic intervention that must be administered by an EMDR trained clinician or those who are currently participating in an EMDRIA or EMDR Europe Approved Training.