EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that result from disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies have shown that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
EMDR therapy is recognized worldwide as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization (WHO). While EMDR therapy is used primarily to treat symptoms of trauma, EMDR is also effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring someone in for therapy.