Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been around since 1987, and has become a popular form of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

EMDR doesn’t look or sound like traditional therapy. Rather than focusing on talk therapy methods or medication options, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing seeks to reorganize and process memories of traumatic experiences in order to make them less debilitating.

How it works

Based on the theory of Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing plays out across eight phases. Rather than focusing on emotional conversion or constructive reassociation of traumatic memories, EMDR therapy focuses on specific negative emotions and the memories they