Vale Francine Shapiro (18 August 1948 - 18 June 2019)
Welcome to EMDR therapy Training, the website of Dr Darra J Murphy
The Basic Training in EMDR therapy provided here is that of the EMDR Institute, the Training and Research organisation established by Dr Francine Shapiro herself in 1995. I was trained as an EMDR trainer (2012 - 2015) by Dr Shapiro herself and two of her Senior Faculty Instructors.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR therapy)
EMDR therapy is a 'trauma-informed' and phased approach to psychotherapy, which integrates a host of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic (psychoanalytic) strategies with the use of bi-lateral stimulation (BLS).
Repetitive BLS (most commonly eye movement) appears to accelerate 'free association', through the physiological induction of an orienting response (OR). This may be similar to what occurs during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.
NOT just ' Semantics '
Eye Movement Desensitisation (EMD) was discovered by Dr Francine Shapiro as an effective treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 1987. The word Reprocessing (R) was added in 1991 and thus was 'EMDR' born. Later, in 2001, she wrote that if she had her time over she would call it 'Reprocessing therapy'. The reason is this:
Using the abbreviation 'EMDR' leads to confusion as to whether one is talking about: