For many people, EMDR has been demonstrated to be an extremely effective form of therapy. In 1989 Dr. Francine Shapiro discovered that in prescribed conditions the process of eye movement reduces the intensity of disturbing, unsettling thoughts. After lengthy research she wrote the widely read article which described using EMDR to treat trauma survivors. Since that time, EMDR has been widely studied, and is arguably a first line therapy for treatment of PTSD as well as other disorders such as complicated grief, panic attacks, stress reduction, pain disorders, sexual/emotional/physical abuse, among others.
EMDR is integrated into regular “talk” or psychotherapy. First we would identify which problem or issues were important to reprocess. The time this process takes will vary from individual to individual. Further explanation of what to expect during EMDR will be addressed, as well as expectations for progress. Many people find that the progress made with regards to specific traumas or issues is substantially quicker than might be expected through traditional therapy alone.
I have extensive experience and training in treating trauma, and completed by Level I and Level II EMDR training at the Western Psychiatric Institute in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with Dr. David Servan-Schrieiber, as well as additional training in using EMDR with Dissociative Disorders.