EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) combines dual attention to a traumatic memory with back and forth eye movements, alternating sound or vibrations. The unique combination of methods combined with Francine Shapiro’s eight-phase protocol, EMDR appears to stimulate an intrinsic capacity of the human brain to resolve emotional disturbance and gain adaptive insights in a manner similar to what occurs spontaneously during dreaming (rapid eye movement) sleep. This sensory stimulation triggers an innate “investigatory response” in the brain that leads to adaptive neurophysiological changes.
This powerful psychotherapy approach has helped over an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. —Mark G. Doherty, CAE, Executive Director, EMDRIA
The American Psychiatric Association, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognize EMDR as an empirically supported method of treatment for post-traumatic stress and other psychiatric disorders. These organizations have found EMDR to be a more rapid, efficient and comprehensive treatment than behavior therapy, biofeedback, active listening or standard cognitive and analytic treatments. In one study, after twelve EMDR treatment sessions, 77.7% of combat veterans treated no longer met criteria for PTSD.
I pair Dr. Robert Miller’s FSAP (feeling state addiction protocol) with EMDR for the rapid treatment of addiction. This short-term therapy effectively treats all addictions—such as sexual addictions, internet, food and substances, by deconstructing the positive feeling states which drive the addiction.