Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes focused eye movements and other supportive stimuli to process intense emotional trauma and memories. The EMDR process is a powerful tool that allows patients to bring unresolved issues to a healthy conclusion.
Studies with extensive peer-reviewed backing show that EMDR therapy helps patients process and move on from debilitating trauma in a fraction of the time required by more traditional, mid-20th century treatments. EMDR is recognized as an effective form of treatment by the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Defense, and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
For an historical overview of the introduction and development of EMDR over the last 25 years and a systematic review of the mechanisms of action underlying treatment gains in EMDR therapy, please refer to this extensive overview by Landin-Romero, Moreno-Alcazar, Pagani, and Amann.