What is EMDR?
Francine Shapiro, PhD, an American psychologist, developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy as a breakthrough therapy with special capacity to overcome the often devastating effects of psychological trauma. Many therapists saw its power to transform lives. At the same time, controlled research studies consistently demonstrated its efficacy and effectiveness. For many therapists who took up this therapy, EMDR felt like a “gift” to themselves and their clients, and they were eager to “pay it forward” by spreading the word to colleagues.
Overcoming Negative Beliefs About Self
Once a target is identified, the client identifies the most vivid visual image related to the memory (a snapshot), a negative belief about self, and related emotions and body sensations. The client also identifies a preferred positive belief. Using bilateral eye stimulation the client attends to past memories, present triggers, or anticipated future experiences. Clients generally experience the emergence of insight or new associations.