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What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'.

EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. .

Much research has been conducted since Francine Shapiro pioneered this treatment, which demonstrates its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, post traumatic stress, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues, including performance anxiety. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.

EMDR is a complex and powerful therapy. Therapists always have a background in mental health before undertaking training in EMDR.