Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, which uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to assist trauma victims in processing distressing memories and beliefs. It is commonly used for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but can also be helpful for various adverse events. The theory behind the treatment assumes that when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal coping mechanisms, with the memory and associated stimuli being inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network. EMDR attempts to reprocess distressing events with the hopes of decreasing the intensity of its impact.
Dr. Deal completed the basic training course through EMDRIA in 2012. (https://emdria.site-ym.com/). EMDR can be integrated into therapy with existing clients where an established, trusting relationship between therapist and client already exists. EMDR may not be appropriate for all clients.