Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an empirically validated therapeutic intervention that is effective in treating trauma symptoms.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was originally used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is now recognized as a valid treatment for stress, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders and mental health problems. EMDR therapy aims to alleviate human suffering while minimizing risk by changing the way our brain stores traumatic material. EMDR has been shown to be an effective way to decrease and/or eliminate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

EMDR is considered the leading treatment for PTSD symptoms, and it is so widely acknowledged as effective that the FBI uses it with their agents and the military uses it with veterans. EMDR is unique also in that it is a type of therapy that can be “added on” to typical talk therapy. A client may want to talk one session and do EMDR in the next.

EMDR is a therapeutic intervention that requires additional training outside of graduate school for a therapist to become certified EMDR practitioner.