According to the Cleveland Clinic, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is a therapy method which asserts that traumatic memories are formed in a different manner than other memories and therefore need to be treated by a different type of therapy. The phases of EMDR treatment include accessing memories including via eye movements and guided instructions.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) is a relatively new treatment approach and therefore its effectiveness and limitations are still being determined. People considering undertaking this treatment should discuss it first with their medical professional to make sure it’s right for them.
After these treatments the EMDR theory is that formerly traumatic memories will be recalled in a less traumatic manner.
EMDR relies on what is known as the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, which is a concept of how the brain recalls memories.
Both EMDR and AIP are based on the writings and the theories of Francine Shapiro, PhD.
EMDR, which requires quick eye movements to stimulate the brain, is meant to help patients deal with traumatic thoughts and memories.
The Guardian newspaper states that “It has helped millions worldwide… and its efficacy had been demonstrated in more than 40 randomised controlled trials. It is now practised in around 30 countries and endorsed by the WHO, the British NHS and many other well respected health organizations.