Overcoming the effects of trauma

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a highly effective form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s. It was primarily designed to address traumatic experiences, such as accidents, physical or sexual assault, combat, or natural disasters. However, over time, its applications have expanded beyond trauma to include a broader range of psychological difficulties. Today, EMDR is employed in the treatment of various conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depression, phobias, and even complex conditions like Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). This versatile therapeutic approach is valued for its effectiveness in helping individuals process distressing memories and find relief from a wide array of emotional and psychological challenges.

EMDR is based on the idea that traumatic memories can become “stuck” in the brain, causing ongoing distress and interfering with daily life. The bilateral stimulation used in EMDR is thought to mimic the natural process of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which aids in memory processing.

EMDR has been extensively researched and is recognized as an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related conditions. However, it’s important to note that EMDR is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and its effectiveness can vary depending on factors like the nature and severity of the trauma, the readiness of the individual for treatment.

Changing the memories that form the way we see ourselves also changes the way we view others. Therefore, our relationships, job performance, what we are willing to do or are able to resist, all move in a positive direction.

Francine Shapiro