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Jill Cooper, Ph.D.

EMDR as an Ideal Treatment for Addiction

Tuesday, May 5, 2015,
Categories: Dual Diagnosis

This paper is based on a lunch and learn presentation sponsored by Bridges to Recovery and Solid Landings.

EMDR (eye movement de-sensitization and reprocessing) was developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s.   Research has shown that any bilateral stimulation of the brain is therapeutically effective so methods have expanded from eye movements to sound, vibrations, and tapping.  While EMDR was originally used as a treatment for ‘big T’ trauma, it is now utilized for any issue a patient might bring to psychotherapy—‘small t’ trauma accumulation which is actually more difficult to treat than ‘big T’ traumas like war.

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