Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing (EDMR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) is a therapy method developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro for the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Shapiro conducted her original study after noting a consistent pattern of rapid eye motion in trauma victims while they focused on their trauma.
Her research showed that bringing these eye movements under voluntary control while reviewing traumatic memories reduced the anxiety associated with remembering those traumatic events. EMDR treatment is now approved and recommended in the Practice Guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association.