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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed by an American psychologist, Francine Shapiro, in the late eighties. It was initially only used to treat PTSD where it was found to be highly effective within a limited number of sessions. However, recent research suggests that EMDR can be used to address a wide range of problems including: phobias, OCD, anxieties, complex traumas, bullying etc.
I have to admit to being quite cynical about this process before I tried it. However, having had this process applied to me, completing an extensive EMDR training and using it with many clients, I have been amazed by just how effective it can be.
EMDR uses eye motion or tapping to interrupt the way that the brain usually processes information, with the aim of desensitizing upsetting memories. No-one is exactly sure why this process is so effective, but it is thought that the rapid eye movements (or other forms of bilateral stimulation), act in a similar way to REM processing in sleep. The brain is facilitated in processing upsetting memories, that are commonly too distressing too address in normal life, in order to negate the feelings associated with them.