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EMDR Therapy

EMDR is a modality of psychotherapy that stands for: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a treatment method that is effective for resolving emotional difficulties caused by disturbing, difficult, or frightening life experiences.

EMDR allows the brain to reprocess information that blocks different passage ways in the brain and allows for the brain to heal itself; through clearing the blocks and reprocessing the irrationally stored memories.

EMDR combines elements of several well-established clinical theoretical orientations (e.g., psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and client-centered) together with ‘dual attention stimulation’ in a unique and novel way to dissipate the upset associations with the experience. Dual attention stimulation refers to the use of alternating right-left tracking that may take the form of eye movements, tones or music delivered to each ear, or tactile stimulation, such as alternating hand taps.

**Creative alternatives have been developed for adults with a developmental disability that incorporate the dual attention stimulation, using puppets, stories, dance, and art.

Brief Background on the Development…
In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro developed EMDR when she noticed through dual attention stimulation of her eyes, that she was able to minimize the impact of negative intrusive thoughts on her lasting memories. Dr. Shapiro further explored these theories through research to expand its basis and knowledge set; through the development of protocols and practices for EMDR. These practices have proven to be effective and lasting for individuals.

For further information:
http://www.emdria.com
http://www.emdrcanada.org/