EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events. Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions. With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach
EMDR is an evidence-based therapy designed to help manage the negative thoughts and feelings commonly associated with traumatic memories.
Primarily utilized for PTSD treatment and trauma, EMDR therapy can be applied to much more.
Limited evidence supports the effectiveness of EMDR for other mental health conditions. EMDR is used by some mental health professionals to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, and substance use disorders