Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a newer therapy treatment technique which works at a deep level to reprocess how the brain has stored upsetting and traumatic information. EMDR was discovered by Francine Shapiro PhD. in 1987 while walking in a park and using a specific technique of moving her eyes. She noticed she had been thinking about a disturbing event and after the eye movements she could no longer connect with the upsetting thoughts, images, or emotions. This revelation was so exciting to Dr. Shapiro that she continued to practice the technique developing a specific protocol which she utilized with her clients, many of whom were Vietnam veterans.
Since 1987 the EMDR methodology has developed into a multifaceted approach to treat a variety of problems with diverse populations. EMDR has proven to be particularly effective at helping clients process and release traumatic experiences and is now the most widely, scientifically researched trauma technique in use. EMDR is also commonly used to resolve complicated grief, anxieties and phobias, depression, addictions, chronic pain, smoking cessation and performance enhancement.
Upsetting emotional information frequently gets buried in our subconscious mind and frozen in our nervous system causing lifelong behavioral problems and negative beliefs if left unprocessed. EMDR and Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing System allows the brain’s neural networks which contain disturbing information to be reprocessed and negative emotions to be released. EMDR can be successfully used with adolescents and adults and the protocol may be adapted to use effectively with children as well. Below are some connections for helpful web sites and some articles to read.
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EMDR & Children
EMDR can be modified for effective use with children. The following articles explain when and how EMDR can be used with children