What is EMDR? In short, its a clinical method used by psychological health professionals as a type of therapy. The more in-depth definition is,
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. As EMDR is a mental health intervention, it should only be offered by properly trained and licensed mental health clinicians.
EMDR is similar in many ways to exposure therapy, but completely different in practice. It’s most notable for its high level of success and efficacy treating patients suffering from trauma or traumatic disorders. The main function of EMDR is to help reprogram the way in which the patient experiences or deals with negative memories and life experiences. Helping them to re-contextualize thoughts and feelings into something more easily handled.
Also notable, the diverse range of demographics and conditions where EMDR is an effective treatment. Children, adolescents, adults, PTSD, and C-PTSD have all been shown through rigorous study and professional observation to be helped by EMDR.