EMDR: The initials EMDR stands for one of the most profound therapies to create lasting changes in individuals. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful method of psychotherapy. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. Melisa Carrico has been fortunate to study with one of the pioneer psychologist in the country, Laurell Parnell. Melisa will be going to Esalen in California on April 10, 2011 for a clinical intensive for part 3 of her EMDR Training. This work is life changing and we have seen unbelievable changes in clients using this approach.
WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS CAN EMDR TREAT?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However clinicians also have reported success using EMDR as treatment of the following conditions:
Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
HOW WAS EMDR DEVELOPED?
In 1987, psychologist, Dr. Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts under certain conditions. Dr. Shapiro studied this effect scientifically, and in a 1989 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma. Since then, EMDR has developed and evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
BUT DOES EMDR REALLY WORK?
Approximately 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majoirty of clients. Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety. The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental health, and many other international health and governmental agencies. Research has also shown that EMDR can be efficient and rapid treatment. For further references, a bibliography of research may be found through EMDR International Association's website, www.emdria.org.