EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy
It was developed in 1980s to address trauma and has now been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of mental health issues.
EMDR therapy works by engaging the body’s natural healing process to help change how negatively charged memories are stored in the mind and body. It also changes the negative beliefs poeple have about themselves as a result of these experiences.
EMDR therapy is about more than the reprocessing of the traumatic experience however. It is a whole therapeutic approach. Everything from the assessment process, to developing a good therapeutic relationship with the therapist, to building resources and problem solving; all of that is EMDR therapy.
While EMDR therapy has been shown to be a powerful and effective therapy, it is important that the EMDR clinician you work with is someone who is well trained, preferably certified, as this therapy can be destabilizing if done without proper care and especially if you have any dissociative tendencies or a Dissociative Disorder.
I personally am a Certified EMDR therapist, I regularly attend trainings and conferences to hone my skills, I continue to seek both individual and group consultation because I am committed to always improving my craft.
You have the right to ask about if your clinician is certified, when/what was the last EMDR therapy training they attended, and if they have been trained in EMDR therapy for the particular issue you want help with.