What is EMDR?
Information on EMDR Therapy
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.
EMDR is a powerful psychological therapy that was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro, an American clinical psychologist, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, USA, she published the first research data confirming the efficacy of EMDR in 1989.
Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as violent conflict, natural disaster, physical assault, road traffic and workplace accidents and childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect. EMDR is increasingly proving itself across the breadth of psychological disorder and has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.
EMDR is a powerful therapy and training in it is reserved to mental health professionals.
You are strongly recommended to consult only legitimate clinicians who have undertaken an accredited training course recognised by the EMDR Europe and EMDR UK & Ireland Associations. Accredited training organisations can be found under ‘Trainers’ on the EMDR Association website (www.emdrassociation.org.uk) and your therapist should be happy to show you their certificate of training so that you can check their provider.