EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by clinical psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro in the 1980's. As a senior research fellow at the mental health institute she established the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in 1989. It is now recognised as one of the top treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual or physical abuse, or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents etc.

Since its original development, EMDR has been found to benefit both children and adults. As well as its recognition as a treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), EMDR has also been found to help with anxiety disorders, grief, addiction and chronic pain.

EMDR is a complex and powerful therapy; therapists need to have a background in mental health before undertaking training in EMDR.

For more information go to www.emdrassociation.org.uk 

Pain Management
Since gaining acceptance for PTSD, EMDR is increasingly recognised as a treatment for pain. Because of the overlap between physical and emotional pain, clinicians soon saw the potential of EMDR as a treatment for chronic pain. A growing number of studies indicate that EMDR can be effective as a treatment of chronic pain and trauma related pain. Recipients of EMDR usually report feeling more relaxed, less distressed and more able to distinguish between real and imagined threats.