What is "EMDR" Therapy?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach to treatment which relies on a structured set of standardized protocols, based on the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. EMDR Therapy aims to achieve comprehensive treatment safely, effectively and efficiently, while maintaining client stability.
EMDR Therapy is a widely researched and proven effective method of treatment, which is considered to be an evidence-based method for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Research on EMDR Therapy continues to demonstrate successful outcomes for treating a number of psychological disorders as well. EMDR Therapy can be used in the resolution of traumatic memories, which tend to interfere with the behavior, level of functioning, and ability to cope with stress for many individuals. EMDR Therapy can be used safely in treatment with children, adolescents, and adults to treat a variety of psychological disorders and related symptoms (PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and Substance Abuse, among others).
Professionals fully trained in this treatment method are skilled at helping clients quickly learn to develop more self-awareness, tolerate increasingly difficult emotional challenges, as well as build a toolbox full of coping resources and relaxation skills to help them successfully maintain changes gained in treatment, on a long-term basis, independently. Clinical supervision and certification in EMDR Therapy necessitates that therapists stay up to date on how to use this powerful treatment method in their clinical practice safely and effectively.
For more info on EMDR Therapy, please visit the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
Many of the therapists within the Art Therapy Buffalo community have completed full-training in EMDR therapy, or have become certified through EMDRIA, and utilize this approach within their clinical practice of art therapy. Please visit the individual therapist profiles on our site for more information about the training backgrounds and unique skills sets of the therapists in our community.