Baytree Behavioral Health
1370 Bedford Drive
Suite 106
Melbourne, FL 32940

Phone: 321.253.8887

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an information-processing therapy that uses external stimulus, usually eye movements, to help the brain reprocess traumatic memories. Once the therapist determines that EMDR is an appropriate therapy for a patient, the therapist facilitates several 60- to 90-minute sessions in which the client focuses on a disturbing issue while also giving attention to an external stimulus. Positive results are expected within three to eight sessions. Patients not only experience a significant decrease in anxiety, trauma, and negative thoughts, but also gain skills to cope and calm themselves in the future.

EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. in 1987 after she happened to notice that certain controlled eye movements reduced anxiety during bouts of disturbing thoughts. It seems to be related to the natural rapid eye movement (REM) that occurs during dream sleep.

Some problems that may be treated with EMDR:
  • Depression
  • Panic disorders and phobias
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Pain disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Addiction
  • Stress
  • Sexual, physical, mental abuse
  • Accident, surgery, burn victims
  • Lack of confidence or motivation
  • Need for coping skills