Hatice Kolay

Keywords: Brain, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotherapy, trauma


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy technique involving desensitization and repetitively processing events to alleviate negative cognitions, emotions, and bodily sensations of the client, it was first described as a therapeuctic method in Shapiro’s work . Positive outcomes in post-traumatic stress disorder patients have especially increased the interest in EMDR. Its basis lies in the concepts of psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioral approaches and also focuses on processing information predicated on the adaptive information processing model. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, applied through structured sessions, has appropriate procedures and protocols for cases. According to its techniques, it bears inspiration from the theories on which it is based. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing application has eight phases, each with a different purpose. It has taken its place as a therapeutic approach drawing interest in Turkey.

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