EMDR stands for: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro. While walking in a park one day, Francine Shapiro had been struggling with upsetting thoughts when she noticed those upsetting thoughts just went away all of the sudden. She was in grad school for psychology which gave her the perfect education to figure out what might have happened that day.
As researchers know, if you figure out something great happened, you also have to figure out how to reproduce it. To this day, we aren’t sure exactly why EMDR works (although there are theories), but based on the research, we know that it works for most people and can speed up regular talk therapy for people suffering with anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) and other issues stemming from an “adverse life event”.
For clients of EMDR, all they care about is the relief they feel after participating in EMDR.