EMDR therapy is a new approach of psychotherapy that uses sensory stimulation on both sides of the body (bilateral stimulation) to induce rapid resolution of symptoms related to past events. It is a technique of brief therapy that allows to unblock simple or complex traumas of the past in order to integrate them as completed learnings. Its initials come from its Anglo-Saxon name: “Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing”, or Desensitization and Reprocessing by Eye Movements.
EMDR therapy was created in the late 1980s by Francine Shapiro in the United States. In less than 10 years, it has become one of the modes of psychotherapeutic treatment of PTSD (post-traumatic Stress disorder).
EMDR is based on key principles: confidence in one’s own self-healing capacity, valorization of the personal path, a person-centered approach, restored power, the importance of the mind-body bond, well-being and improved performance.
During traumatic events, a part of the brain “stores” information and bodily reactions to survive. EMDR can reach this part of the brain to transform this information and integrate it.
Several controlled studies have demonstrated the remarkable effectiveness of EMDR therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder resolution. This method is also suitable for the treatment of fears, phobias or other symptoms that prevent people from living their life as desired.