Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. Originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories, recent research has shown it to be an effective tool when combating anxiety and depression as well.
When first introduced the process focused on Eye Movement which stimulated the brain and helped individuals re-process thoughts, feelings and schemas that caused distress. Now it is an effective tool for adults and children and often light sensors, tapping, pulsing and tones are used help people complete information reprocessing, create new learning, and facilitate the elimination of some emotional distress and develop new, more positive cognitive insights.
In the last 10-15 years, a lot of money, time and effort has been placed in research of EMDR and its effects. Evidence suggests that this type of treatment is highly effective, non-invasive, and is proven to aid people in their natural healing process in a very short period of time. It has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, The American Psychiatric Association, Kaiser Permanente and the Department of Defense.