- EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)
: EMDR is the acronym of Eye movement desensitization
and reprocessing and refers to a technique for reducing fear
; based on holding upsetting thoughts in mind while rapidly moving the eyes from side to side.
Designed first for Post traumatic stress
, EMDR requires that the patient visualize a most upsetting memory
and accompanying physical sensations. The clients repeat negative self
-statements that they associate with the scene. The patient follows the therapist’s finger as it moves rapidly back and forth. After completing the eye movements, the client stops thinking about the scene. This procedure
is repeated again and again until the client’s anxiety is reduced.