Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Initially designed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR has a lot of evidence for treating a variety of symptoms due to the symptoms originating in unprocessed maladaptive experiences from the past. EMDR is an effective treatment for clients possessing some insight about their symptoms and can tolerate affect, shift emotional states and have some idea about past experiences and how they affect current functioning. Successful application can cause change for clients and is very appropriate for those who have themes in their dysfunction (i.e., “Every time I feel inferior, I freak out”). It may be a good option for clients after they have become safer and more stable in their functioning (meaning they’ve completed Seeking Safety or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy [DBT]). However, some may find that going through Seeking Safety simultaneously with EMDR can prove useful. Stage of Change: Determination, action, maintenance.