Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in which the patient recalls traumatic material while simultaneously attending to inner thoughts and sensory stimulation from a rhythmic, bilateral source. The sensory stimulus can be visual, auditory, tactile or proprioceptive. EMDR was developed to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders caused by exposure to distressing, traumatizing, or negative life events. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their lingering influence and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.

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