EMDR therapy is gaining acceptance among leading mental health organisations around the world. It uses a series of eye movements (similar to REM) or physical taps on the body to re-programme thought processes, and is said to be useful for ‘stuck’ memories that prevent people from moving on with their lives, whether through trauma, grief or unhappy childhoods.
Although it is not as well known as, say, CBT or Gestalt therapy, a growing number of practitioners and therapists are offering EMDR as part of their menu. The following sites offer information that might help you decide whether it’s right for you.
EMDR Institute This is the official site of Dr Francine Shapiro, who developed the standardised procedure that became EMDR. The institute provides information and resources for therapists and patients, offering a good background history for those who want to find out more about the process. The client stories are particularly useful, along with the further reading section and video resources.
CenterPoint This site (for an American practitioner in Pennsylvania) contains a research page looks at the efficacy of EMDR, which is want you will want to know about if you are considering a counsellor using this therapy. The site provides plenty of links, looks at the scientific evidence and contains a useful Q&A.
EMDR on the World Wide Web This is another American site, but has international links including information about EMDR, a search facility for specialists in the US, Europe and Japan, and a large resource of articles.
EMDR International Association EMDRIA is a professional association whose members (practitioners and researchers) seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. It is also open to the public. Resources include a find-a-therapist facility, a research library and a catalogue of press articles.
EMDR UK & Ireland As the official organisation for EMDR in the British Isles, this site is reassuringly professional. Like the others, it offers a history and explanation of EMDR and its benefits, with a simple and swift find-a-therapist section. The ‘What is EMDR?’ section is useful.