It is a form of "eye movement therapy" which is intended to treat anxiety, stress, and trauma.
The approach was developed by Francine Shapiro to resolve symptoms resulting from exposure to a traumatic or distressing event, such as rape.
At the James Braid Society's February 2008 meeting the theory and practice of these techniques were explained by Patrick Browning after which members were invited to practice Eye Movement Technique themselves,
Clinical trials have demonstrated EMDR's efficacy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In some studies it has been shown to be equivalent to cognitive behavioural and exposure therapies.
Eye Movement Technique (EMT) is a simplified form of EMDR developed by Dr Fred Friedberg.
In the title of his book Friedberg describes it as being “for Emotional Healing” and it can be used for many of the issues which are presented to hypnotherapists.
Moreover, like self hypnosis, it can be taught to clients so that they can help themselves.
This is a very useful technique which can be included alongside hypnosis in any session.
Patrick teaches Eye Movement Therapies at the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis.
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