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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Francine Shapiro originally developed eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) to address a range of distressing life experiences (Shapiro & Maxfield, 2002). Shapiro believed that the brain might not fully process traumatic experiences, causing distress and difficulty in responding in other situations (Shapiro & Maxfield, 2002). EMDR has been suggested as an alternative treatment to help process traumatic experiences and is highly effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (Shapiro & Maxfield, 2002). EMDR has also been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety, mood disorders, and stress (Scelles & Bulnes, 2021). The main benefit of EMDR is that it can also be faster than other treatments (Shapiro & Maxfield, 2002). 

What is EMDR? 


Psych Hub. (2019, April 17). What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy? [Video]. YouTube.                                                             

Scelles, C., & Bulnes, L. C. (2021). EMDR as treatment option for conditions other than PTSD: A systematic review. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 644369.

Shapiro, F., & Maxfield, L. (2002). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR): Information processing in the treatment of                         trauma. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(8), 933-946.

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