What is EMDR?
EMDR, literally means “eye movement desensitization and reprocessing”. The method was discovered by the American psychologist and literary scholar Francine Shapiro in the 1980s and it has been continuously developed from that point onwards. EMDR is internationally recognized as an effective scientific method for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorders.
How does EMDR work?
EMDR assumes that rapid sequences of directed eye movements (or acoustic signals as well as tactile stimuli, e.g. tapping movements) cause bilateral stimulation, which enables the synchronization of the two halves of the brain and the internal reorganization of dysfunctional reactive structures in the course of trauma experiences.
When is EMDR used?
EMDR has been used in Germany since 2015 as a particularly suitable method for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can occur in people who have had catastrophic experiences (for example, people who have been subject to war, persecution, natural disasters, abuse, serious accidents, etc.). EMDR is also used in the treatment of older trauma, anxiety disorders, and trauma-associated sexual problems.