EMDR eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing or rapid eye movement is recommended by the World Health Organization to treat post-traumatic disorders.

The idea of this therapeutic tool is to replicate the spontaneous eye movements that take place during the dream – a rapid scan from left to right. The goal is to “recode” or “reprocess” the emotion and shift it into the positive or neutral category. It can be practiced on adults, adolescents, and children.

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Course of the session

INSPECTION: The therapist has a long discussion with the patient in order to discover the reason for the consultation, the bio-psycho-social context, the personal, medical, and family history, and the life habits in order to search for the cause of the symptoms.

PRACTICE: If the therapist considers that EMDR is the appropriate tool, they will first ask the patient to reconnect to the traumatic memory, then to follow their finger with the eyes in a rapid right-left movement for about ten seconds. The EMDR is repeated several times during the session and the feeling of the trauma diminishes.

FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS: These can be more or less numerous depending on the tenacity of the resistance. The therapist will be able to estimate the number of sessions at the first meeting with the patient.

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