In my professional experience and based on the latest research, one of the fastest and most effective ways to achieve real and profound change is through a therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This psycho-therapeutic method was created by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. around 1990. There has been a significant amount of research regarding its use and applications, and it has been found to be one of the best treatment options for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Moreover, EMDR is recognized as an effective trauma therapy and is useful and applicable for many other mental health concerns.
An analogy that I have used with clients is that EMDR is to regular counselling what a smart phone is to a land-line. The e-phone allows for the achievement of results that cannot be dreamed of with a land-line. EMDR is a transformative experience that produces the essential integration of mind and body that is pivotal to successfully overcoming difficult life situations.
EMDR has many applications that can be used for past, present, and future events. The end result is less stress and anxiety about the issue at hand, along with more clarity and options to cope better with life in general. EMDR is one of many tools which can be offered to clients who may choose alternative counselling approaches. In fact, EMDR cannot be offered indiscriminately to all individuals accessing psychotherapy. Careful assessment is necessary in each particular case to ensure maximum effectiveness.
For more information please go to: www.emdria.com and www.emdrinstitute.com
Information can also be found in any public library:
EMDR: The Breakthrough “Eye Movement” Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma (Shapiro, F., Silk Forrest, 2004).