Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D, is an innovative therapeutic method used to successfully treat a broad range of conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Extensive research supports the effectiveness of EMDR and it is recommended by the American Psychiatric Association as a first-line treatment for trauma. At The Delray Center for Healing, our psychologists are expertly trained in the latest EMDR protocols allowing them to help people overcome traumatic emotional experiences in a safe, structured, and highly supportive format. Our compassionate therapists work closely with each client, strengthening coping skills and guiding them through the EMDR process.
EMDR therapy assists clients in constructively processing the multifaceted thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, associated with a traumatic experience. During an EMDR session, clients focus on an external stimulus such as eye-movement or brief taping sound while simultaneously recalling a past memory, present trigger, or anticipated future experience. Eventually, clients will develop greater insight, alter the memory, or create a new association. At The Delray Center for Healing, results from EMDR treatment are often achieved in far less time than traditional psychotherapy. Our clients report that their emotional distress has been greatly decreased or eliminated.
EMDR therapy can be an effective component of an individualized comprehensive treatment plan. Clients must receive their therapist’s approval and complete a full evaluation before starting this treatment.