Term: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
EMDR therapy 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 works by engaging the body’s natural healing process to help change how negatively charged memories are stored and change the negative beliefs individuals have about themselves as a result of these experiences. While EMDR has been shown to be a powerful and effective therapy, it is important that the EMDR clinical you work with is someone who is well trained as this therapy can be destabilizing if done inappropriately or the traumatic experiences are addressed prematurely. I personally am EMDR trained, and continue to seek consultation and supervision and routinely attend EMDR trainings to ensure that my skills remain honed.