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What is the EMDR method?

Heal trauma by simply moving your eyes? This is the promise of the EMDR method. The discovery of this therapy is the fruit of pure chance: In May 1987, during a walk, the American psychologist Francine Shapiro noticed that by making rapid eye movements from left to right her parasitic thoughts disappeared. Since this spring walk, the method has been developed, practitioners have been trained and patients have multiplied. But what exactly is EMDR? Who is it for and, above all, is it reliable?  

How it works ?

EMDR, abbreviation of the English terms “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing *”, is a cognitive therapy which aims to treat psychotraumatic disorders by jerky eye movements and tactile or auditory stimulation. But before starting this charming program, preliminary interviews are scheduled between the practitioner and the patient in order to establish a relationship of trust and identify trauma. After these appointments, therapy can actually begin.

EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing problem or doing homework between sessions.
EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts or behaviors resulting from the distressing problem, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
EMDR therapy is designed to resolve untreated traumatic memories in the brain.
For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than others
  the website of the EMDR France association .

The person is called upon for several sets of exercises, lasting about one minute each. Eye, tactile and sound gymnastics act on the brain to release harmful emotions.

Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?

EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages. 
Therapists use EMDR therapy to address a wide range of challenges:

Anxiety, panic attacks and phobias
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Chronic illness and medical problems
Depression and bipolar disorder
Dissociative disorders
Eating disorders
Grief and loss
Performance anxiety
Personality disorders
PTSD and other trauma and stress related problems
Sexual assault
Sleep disorder
Drug addiction and addiction
Violence and abuse

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