I am EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) trained and certified by Regent University's Center for Trauma Studies in EMDR.
EMDR therapy is recognized as an effective form of trauma treatment in numerous practice guidelines worldwide. In the US, this includes organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and Department of Defense.
More than twenty randomized studies support the effectiveness of EMDR work in the treatment of PTSD.
Further, more than twenty randomized studies have demonstrated positive effects of the eye movements.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative treatment approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.
EMDR work employs information processing and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.
In addition to being an effective treatment for PTSD, practitioners have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
Panic attacks Stress reduction Performance anxiety
Complicated grief Addictions Sexual and/or physical abuse
Disturbing memories Pain disorder Phobias