Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that was proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories. EMDR works to unlock the nervous system and to allow the brain to process the experience and visualize disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
With EMDR, the process seems to go much more quickly. Often an upsetting memory can be worked through in one to three sessions. And the results seem to be more consistent, with symptoms usually completely disappearing.
To date, EMDR has helped an estimated half million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. For more info, go to www.emdr.org
Clinicians have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
Panic attacks and anxiety in general