An Unusual, but Well Validated Therapy.
I’m often surprised (though I really shouldn’t be) when someone, especially non-colleagues, have not heard of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). It’s an unusual therapy, to be sure, that involves the therapist waving a hand in front of the patient’s eyes as part of the treatment. It’s not hypnosis. It also happens to be one of the most (if not the most) researched and validated therapies that exist.
Here’s a light introduction, a piece by Alix Strauss at last month’s Harper’s Bazaar. It’s a first-person account from someone that found the therapy helpful. I might quibble with some of the details, but the gist of the piece is this: It works.
Like Something with a Bit More Substance?
Hop over to the paper of record and take a gander at this Q and A session with Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., founder of EMDR. The Times published two follow-up articles, both from March this year — The Evidence on EMDR and Expert Answers on EMDR — both featuring solid explanations, links, and responses from Dr. Shapiro.