Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, is a psychotherapy technique that uses sensory input to help resolve a trauma. In this technique, the client is asked to recall distressing or traumatic events as a therapist directs them in a form of bilateral stimulation such as moving the eyes from left to right or tapping. This enables the client to determine where in their visual field the memory is strongest and to work on releasing it from the point at which they have the most access to the memory and associated emotions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In EMDR, the therapist has the patient think about images and feelings that are distressing while doing rapid eye movements.
Underscoring the importance of cultural competence, this groundbreaking book focuses on using EMDR therapy with specific populations, particularly those groups typically stigmatized, oppressed, or otherwise marginalized in society.
In 1987 psychologist Francine Shapiro developed a new type of psychotherapy known as EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy has become a more common treatment in recent years as a treatment option for people suffering from anxiety, panic, PTSD, or trauma.