EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), is an evidence-based therapy and is recommended by WHO and the APA for the treatment of post-traumatic stress. EMDR combines theoretical and clinical elements of different orientations. For many of our patients, EMDR is a very powerful and experiential form of treatment since, in addition to focusing on thoughts and emotions, it pays attention to the body, as a place that expresses pain.
In 1987, Francine Shapiro, an American psychologist, discovered that voluntary eye movements reduced the intensity of the anguish caused by negative thoughts. She initiated an investigation in 1989 with the traumatized population of those in the Vietnam War and victims of sexual abuse to measure the effectiveness of EMDR. EMDR significantly reduced the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among these populations. Today its research and application is spreading to all fields of psychology.
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