EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a form of psychotherapy
that was developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. during the late 1980s. EMDR was originally developed to treat
trauma. Since that time, EMDR has been successfully used to treat other problems, including stress, insomnia, performance
anxiety, abuse, and other issues. Generally, EMDR can work faster to process trauma as compared to talk therapy. EMDR uses
a three-pronged protocol: past, present, and future. EMDR processes past memories, creating new links with adaptive functioning;
current problems are targeted and desensitized; and future events are integrated to assist clients in healthy functioning.
EMDR uses rapid eye movement (REM) as its basis. EMDR helps process negative memories and emotions and helps the brain to
successfully process the experience. EMDR is the most researched treatment for PTSD. EMDR's effectiveness to treat trauma
is now well established.