EMDR is an integrative brain based psychotherapy that was originally designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. It has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma, Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, anxiety disorders and depression. Shapiro's (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model posits that EMDR facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other life experiences, to bring these to an adequate resolution.
EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection to free itself of blockage and reconnect itself. EMDR can bring quick and lasting relief from most types of emotional distress.