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EMDR is a form of Accelerated Information Processing developed by the Californian psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro of the EMDR Institute. Originally called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, EMDR researchers found that by pairing the use of alternating bilateral movements with desensitisation and processing of (usually) traumatic images and negative cognitions and body sensations, and by replacing them with adaptive cognitions, the speed of change in therapy is significally enhanced. EMDR may be used for all sorts of complaints and is one of the two NICE recommended treatments for PTSD. EMDR has been extensively researched and a list of relevant studies that have examined the efficacy of EMDR and quoted by Dr Shapiro in the New York Times is attached here.

In the UK, EMDR is regulated by the EMDR UK and Ireland Association, which is affiliated to EMDR Europe.

EMDR Practitioners undergo three parts of training, with supervised practice, whilst EMDR Consultants and Supervisors, undergo further training after a considerable period of supervised practice and are qualified to supervise EMDR Practitioners and those working towards accreditation.