Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro that is designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. It’s recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

EMDR is based on the premise that past traumatic events can continue to cause distress because the memory of the event is inadequately processed. These unprocessed memories and the associated stimuli can potentially cause emotional and psychological turmoil when they are triggered. This therapy can help individuals process traumatic memories, reducing their long-term impact and helping them develop coping mechanisms.