What is EMDR Therapy (from EMDR International Association)
EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Posttraumatic 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. ........ EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach ...... is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. ......... This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.
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EMDR Therapy is recognized as an evidence-based trauma treatment method by at least 15 national and international Treatment Guidelines, including World Health Organization (WHO), American Psychiatric Association (APA), US Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (VA/DoD). For a list of these click here.
There are more than 300 articles on EMDR Therapy in scientific, peer-reviewed journals. To search for references click here.