Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is best known as a innovative treatment for trauma survivors. However, in the decades since it was developed, it has been expanded into a more general mode of psychotherapy
I primarily use it as an intervention to help trauma survivors reduce the intensity, frequency and intrusiveness of their traumatic memories and nightmares. However, it is often provides a useful framework for exploring other kinds of issues. As with most forms of psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs, the exact way EMDR works is not fully understood. However, It has been in use since the 1980’s and its effectiveness is well established by over 20 controlled studies.