Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic technique used for multiple purposes.  It has been research validated as an effective treatment for trauma.  It depends upon a therapist guiding eye movements in a manner that grossly resembles "REM sleep" or Rapid Eye Movement Sleep.  EMDR therapy should only be conducted by a person specifically trained in the technique.  However a person engaged in psychotherapy with a therapist who does not practice EMDR might reasonably see another therapist specifically for EMDR, if the two are collaborating closely. 

We have a word of caution about EMDR. In our experience with EMDR there is an uncertainty factor.  EMDR can open up some issues which then need to be resolved therapeutically. We caution against use of EMDR unless it is under the care of a professional who truly understands this and circumstances will  allow follow-up on any matter brought to a conscious level as a result of an EMDR exercise.  With that condition being met, we have great confidence in EMDR as a therapeutic modality, although like any strong medicine, it is not necessarily risk free. 

We enter this note initially as we review the Solstice RTC, a program for teenage girls in Layton, Utah.  We plan to cross reference other schools and programs using the technique.  

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EMDR Institute, Inc.

EMDRIA -- EMDR International Association

EMDR -- Wikipedia

EMDR Institute

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Last updated April 25, 2010


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