Do you find yourself responding to triggers and reacting in a larger than normal way? Do you have panic or anxiety attacks? Have you lost someone close to you and just can't seem to get beyond the grief? Do you use substances, sex or love to soothe your uncomfortable emotions? Have you experienced a traumatic event that is still disturbing? Or have you experienced one or more disturbing event that still bothers you when you think about it? If you have answered yes to any of the above, then EMDR therapy may be just what you need.
In the world of psychotherapy, EMDR is a relatively new treatment modality, celebrating it's 20th birthday in 2010. Discovered by Francine Shapiro, PhD quite by accident, it has become the treatment of choice for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is also effective in treating Panic Disorder, Anxiety, Grief, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Sex and Love Addiction, and some forms of Depression. It is appropriate for victims of rape, emotional or physical abuse, and combat trauma. It seems to work wonders for many. It can bring much needed relief and freedom from emotional "triggers", paving the way for healthy relationships and a more normalized life.
EMDR is simply the quickest, most effective, and safest treatment modality that I seen in my twenty something yers of clinical work. In my practice I have encountered clients who had seen other therapists for years without achieving the desired result. EMkDR helped them to finally see the result they desired. If you have been in therapy for years and are still having the same problems, perhaps EMDR is worth a try. You decide. Please do look at the U-Tube videos available on the video links of this website, and google EMDR to review the research for your self. Make an informed decision.
Websites and authors that question the effectiveness of EMDR, or say there is little research, are long out of date.
To view the list of research: http://www.emdrhap.org/researchandresources.htm
For clients and clinicians: Be cautious of other therapies that claim to "be like" EMDR or "use parts" of EMDR. EMDR is an 8-Phase approach that contains procedures that have been thoroughly examined by research. A brief description of EMDR therapy appears on this web site (see a brief description of EMDR), and you can visit the following web site: http://www.emdria.org/general/index.htm.
I began practicing clinical social work upon my gradution wih an MSW in 1977. However, I did not learn of EMDR until recently. I became interested in EMDR due to the practice of a colleague. My colleague, also a LISW-CP raved of the results obtained through the applicaion of EMDR therapy. She reported a 98% success rate and used it with virtually "everybody". I decided to attend training to learn more about this very successful treatmenr modality because I wanted to offer my clients the best treatment possible. At training I learned the importance of following the exact protocol as developed by Dr. Shapiro and the need to continually pursue continuing education in EMDR as it is a developing and changing treatment modality.
It is important for clients to ask the clinician if (s)he is using EMDR according to the training standards and guidelines of the EMDR International Association. http://www.emdria.org/ Please understand EMDR is a therapeutic modality. It does not replace years of practice experience or therapy skills and knowledge. The therapist is always responsible for knowing when and if EMDR is appropriate, and for adequately preparing the client to receive EMDR therapy. There are times when several sessions may be needed to prepare the client to effectively handle the level of emotion that can arise during EMDR. Please make sure the therapist you select has received training from an EMDRIA approved training program. How to select an EMDR Therapist
According to American Psychological Association ethical guide lines, all prescribed therapies should be done according to the standardized procedures that have been examined by research. Therefore clinicians who claim to be using EMDR should be using the procedures described in Dr. Shapiro's 1995/2001 textbook and EMDRIA approved protocols. http://www.guilford.com/cgi-bin/cartscript.cgi?page=paci/shapiro.htm Adherance to approved EMDR procedures and protocols will serve to enhance EMDR development and research.