Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a contemporary approach to psychotherapy, accelerates the treatment of a wide range of psychosocial difficulties and self-esteem issues related both to past traumatic events and present life conditions. This interactive, standardized approach has been empirically tested with patients presenting with diverse issues, including loss of a loved one, rape, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, vehicular, medical and other trauma, somatic disorders, relationship and performance difficulties.
Controlled studies of survivors of Vietnam combat, rape, molestation, accident, catastrophic loss and natural disaster indicate that EMDR is capable of a rapid desensitization of traumatic memories, including a cognitive restructuring and a significant reduction of client symptoms such as emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares. Substantial research supports application of EMDR to trauma-related disorders. The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the Dept of Veterans Affairs and DOD, The American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have listed EMDR as efficacious in the treatment of PTSD.
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