EMDR therapy “Neuro-emotional integration by eye movements:

Have you heard of a strange but effective therapy technique that primarily uses eye movements to heal psychological trauma, anxiety, addiction or depression?

EMDR therapy or the method of desensitization and reprocessing by eye movements is a recent therapeutic approach which was developed by Dr. Francine. Shapiro in 1987, primarily for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR unblocks the natural mechanisms of information processing, and thus the trauma can finally be retreated (or digested), even many years later.

Today, this therapy is aimed at anyone – adults, adolescents and young people – suffering from emotional disturbances generally linked to psychological trauma. Over the years, EMDR has also proven effective in treating the following problems:

-Sexual and / or physical abuse

-General anxiety

– Performance anxiety




-Physical pain




-Victims of road accidents

-Social phobia

Is EMDR therapy really effective?

Since its discovery, EMDR has proven effective in numerous controlled studies and for different groups of trauma patients. In the area of ​​post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR is one of the best-studied psychotherapeutic methods. More than 15 studies on EMDR treatments in patients with this type of disorder have been carried out over the past fifteen years. According to these studies, EMDR can be considered an empirically validated technique in the treatment of post-traumatic stress.

EMDR is an effective, complex, powerful and rapid therapy with prolonged therapeutic effects. Like all proven therapeutic approaches, EMDR brings together most of the fundamental and essential elements for the proper conduct of therapeutic treatment. It’s a holistic approach that connects with emotions, thinking, behavior and fitness.

The results remain constant and lasting over time. In fact, studies show that 84 to 90% of people who have suffered a traumatic situation (rape, accident, loss of a loved one, war) no longer have symptoms after treatment with EMDR.

EMDR is today a therapeutic approach globally recognized by the scientific community for its effectiveness in the treatment of psychological disorders. All the major international organizations in mental health recognize it as such. These include: the American Psychiatric Association (2004), the Haute Autorité de Santé en France (2007), the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (2009), the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense (2010). Finally, since 2013 the World Health Organization recommends the use of EMDR therapy for the treatment of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).


There are no contraindications as such to EMDR therapy but rather precautions to take before proceeding with EMDR treatment:

-For people using psychoactive substances,

-For pregnant women

-For people with poor physical health or somatic complications

-For people with epilepsy, neurological, cognitive disorders

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