What is EMDR therapy?
EMDR is an acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in the 1989.
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 and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues including panic attacks, anxiety, OCD, relationships, depression and loss. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.
EMDR is a complex and powerful therapy. Therapists always have a background in mental health before undertaking training in EMDR. You are strongly recommended to only consult legitimate clinicians who have undergone a bona-fide EMDR training.
The Evidence for EMDR
EMDR research is featured in the New York Times - Dr Francine Shapiro responds to frequently asked questions. Follow this link which contains further links to specific research articles illustrating the effectiveness of EMDR and a full reference list.
Accreditation as an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant
Accredited Consultants are Accredited Practitioners who have received further training and supervision as well as having extensive experience in the practice of EMDR. They are qualified to supervise EMDR therapists who are working towards becoming Accredited Practitioners
Dr Mark Grixti is a Clinical Psychologist and an EMDR Europe Approved Consultant treating trauma, anxiety, and other emotional difficulties in both adults and children.
Mark provides supervision for EMDR therapists working with children and/or with adults. Supervision can be conducted in person or through Skype/telephone.