EMDR is an acronym for "Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing". It is a powerful treatment modality developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, an American clinical psychologist in 1987. She published the first research data supporting the benefits of EMDR in 1989.
It treats traumatic, or "dysfunctional" memories and experiences and their psychological consequences. The procedure has been predominantly used in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)and it is currently the most successful modality in dealing with this ailment. A wealth of international clinical research demonstrates its benefits in treating psychological (often termed 'big T' trauma) from various sources, including childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents, workplace accidents and war trauma and natural disasters.
EMDR is also increasingly used to treat 'small T' trauma, including phobias, test and performance anxiety, general anxiety, panic disorders, pain management, sexual dysfunction and a wide range of experientially-based disorders.