EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Q. What is EMDR?
A. EMDR is a clinical technique that was developed and extensively researched by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. While it contains the words ‘Eye Movement’ in it’s title, it now refers to any form of bilateral sensory stimulation provided to a client in the context of deep relaxation or what can be called hypnosis. It has been shown that bilateral sensory stimulation (such as with a rotating electric pulser applied to both hands simultaneously, EMDR Paddles) is an effective tool for treating clients with histories of emotional trauma.
Q. What kind of traumas does EMDR help with?
A. Among the different types of emotional trauma that EMDR has been shown to be effective treating are: single traumatic events (such as car or airplane accidents), simple phobias, episodes of sexual abuse, excessive grief reactions, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety states related to specific situations such as driving, flying, and taking exams.
Q. How does Dr. Parks use EMDR?
A. I use EMDR in the context of regular individual therapy sessions when it becomes necessary to help a client to more rapidly eliminate unhealthy responses to past traumatic events.
Q. What kind of training has Dr. Parks had in this area?
A. Dr. Parks is certified to practice EMDR with her clients through a nationally recognized continuing education program, and continues to acquire additional training in this area on a regular basis.
Q. Where can I learn more about EMDR?
A. A good source for additional information about EMDR can be found at EMDR International Association.
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