If you've been through one or more traumatic events in your life that continue to haunt
you significantly, if the past won't let go of you and you feel like you're a prisoner of
intrusive thoughts and memories of things that have happened, EMDR may help.

"EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is an
innovative clinical treatment that has successfully helped over a million individuals who
have survived trauma, including sexual abuse, domestic violence, combat, crime, and
those suffering from a number of other complaints including depressions, addictions,
phobias, and a variety of self-esteem issues."
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It is "a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional
distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by
using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to
make a difference."
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The following information is from EMDR.com:

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (2013)
Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress. Geneva, Switzerland: Author.
"Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies
recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD.
"

AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION (2004)
Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Arlington,VA:
American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines.
"EMDR therapy was determined to be an effective treatment of trauma."

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (2017)
VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder.
Washington, DC: Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs and Health Affairs, Department of Defense.
"EMDR was given the highest level of recommendation and placed in the category of three
“trauma-focused psychotherapies with the strongest evidence from clinical trials . . . These
treatments have been tested in numerous clinical trials, in patients with complex presentations
and comorbidities, compared to active control conditions, have long-term follow-up, and have
been validated by research teams other than the developers.”

RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED STUDIES
"36 randomized controlled studies have evaluated EMDR therapy in the treatment of trauma."3

I'm a Level II Trained EMDR clinician and have been using EMDR in treatment for over fifteen
years.  For more information, research, and a great list of "Frequently Asked Questions", I
refer you to the official EMDR website,
http://www.emdr.com.  Please feel free to call me if
you have any questions about this treatment.
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1.  Overview and General Description (n.d.)  Retrieved April 8th, 2003 from http://www.emdr.com/title.

2.  What is EMDR? (n.d.) Retrieved July 12th, 2013 from
http://emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr/what-is-emdr.html

3.  Retrieved May 13th, 2018 from http://www.emdr.com
Click the link below for printable information on PTSD, offered here with
the kind permission of Kim T. Meuser and Shirley M. Glynn from their
book, Behavioral Family Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders.

Facts about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Journeys Mental Health, LLC
Counseling and Hypnotherapy
Keith Young, LCPC, CH
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