Can Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapy technique, accelerate healing in survivors of domestic violence? After a review of current research and a little personal experience, the short answer is, yes.

I will be starting EMDR tomorrow for the first time..I am hoping it will help! A little nervous!

YWCA Monterey County

EMDR 1The majority of clients that walk through our doors are victims of domestic violence (DV).  Their stories are painful and the complex symptoms that emerge following chronic interpersonal traumatization have a profound effect on their sense of self, ability to regulate moods and impulses and their ability to form and maintain healthy, secure attachments.  Many of these clients meet the criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as currently outlined in the DSM-V(American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

All of our therapist interns at the YWCA of Monterey County are trained to provide therapeutic treatments that have been widely studied and have been proven to reduce the effects of trauma on these individuals and families.  Recently, two YWCA interns completed additional training to begin using EMDR, an evidence-based treatment technique that has proven effective for victims of trauma.   I am one of those interns and the initial feedback from my clients has been…

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