What is EMDR? EMDR is a integrative psychotherapy created by Dr. Francine Shapiro. After more than 20 years of practicing psychotherapy, I began training in EMDR and found that with EMDR I had a comprehensive psychotherapy approach with which to assist clients in dealing with the stress and traumas with which clients presented in my office. Since learning EMDR and using the 8-phase protocol, I find that I am more effective at assisting clients in dealing with the symptoms that initially brought clients to my office. You can learn more about EMDR at the EMDR Institute website at http://www.emdr.com/ or the the EMDR International Association website at http://www.emdria.org/ or at the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) at http://www.emdrhap.org/.
Along with my colleague, Carolyn Settle, I have also written a book EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy With Children (Springer Publishing, 2008). Carolyn and I have provided presentations on using EMDR with children and have two chapters that are included in several other soon to be published books. Our work has been focused on advancing the use of EMDR with children in order to gain support for EMDR with children as evidence based practice. We have undertaken this work so that EMDR will some day be available to the poorest and most vulnerable children around the world. In this quest, I have collaborated with EMDR HAP to begin the development of an EMDR HAP project entitled HAPKIDS. This project is being developed by EMDR HAP in order to promote training, research, and treatment of EMDR for children on an international basis.
If you have interest in learning more about EMDR, seeking EMDR treatment, and/or getting training or volunteering to help with any EMDR HAP Projects, I would be happy to assist you with additional information.
I intend to include many future posts on EMDR so feel free to ask questions that I will attempt to answer or at least assist you in finding links to others who might have the answers.