EMDR® means Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is these days a psycho therapeutically recognized method, which has been scientifically examined several times for its effectiveness. EMDR is helpful and effective for patients with traumatic burdens. This method was founded by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the years 1987 to 1991, which succeeded to integrate and dissolve ever-recurring incriminating thoughts and emotions through EMDR. EMDR is often used to ease traumatic experiences. However, the field of application is not limited to traumatic experiences, because burdening thoughts can also be an obstacle in other life situations.
The most important principle of EMDR is the bilateral stimulation and synchronization of the two brain hemispheres, while the client follows with the eyes the hand movement of the therapist. Further bilateral stimulation can take place via acoustic or tactile impulses. Bilateral stimulation is comparable with the REM phase in deep sleep, which process experiences of the day by the movement of the eyes. This corresponds to neuronal new linking.
When stressful thoughts and negative feelings recur constantly like an endless loop to stressful situations or in everyday life, EMDR can change the previously blocked feelings and images into positive perceptions. This allows neural rewiring in the brain while an effective and stable processing takes place. The success rate of EMDR for the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is approximately 90%. The majority of clients are still free of symptoms even years after treatment.