Introduction to Eye Movement Desensitization

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a type of psychotherapy used by mental health professionals to help people process traumatic memories. EMDR is especially effective at treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but can also be helpful for other issues such as anxiety, depression, and phobias. EMDR combines elements of both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy, and uses focused eye movements to help induce a more relaxed state, allowing negative memories and emotions to be processed more effectively.