E EMDR Therapy is an abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. This treatment modality was developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987. While it was originally intended to be utilized in the remedying of memories of traumatic events, therapists have been finding more and more uses for this technique in areas such as treating depression, couple’s therapy, eating disorders, sports performance, and now substance abuse and addictive disorders. EMDR generally consists of the clients utilizing rapid eye movement or rhythmic tapping while imagining a troubling event. In addition, newer and more positive beliefs are substituted instead of the negative event, reducing the symptoms of unpleasant experiences, and increasing one’s quality of life.
“However, today more than 20 scientifically controlled studies of EMDR have proven its effectiveness in the treatment of traumatic and other disturbing life experiences.” - Francine Shapiro
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