EMDR is used to alleviate human suffering and assist an individual
to meat their capabilities. A typical session of EMDR has the client
bring to mind the negative information that they associate with
the suffering, then the client has to follow lights, or a moving
hand for a few minutes, and then is asked to comment on this process.
Francine Shapiro is the Creator of EMDR.
for the effectiveness of EMDR is mainly anecdotal and not empirical.
All controlled studies have had inconclusive results and do not show
that EMDR had any positive effects on the clients. Likely reasons
for the positive anecdotal evidence is the placebo effect, patient
expectancy, and post-hypnotic suggestion.
Francine Shapiro's EMDR website. Explains methods, purpose, and
history, as well as some of the supportive research for it.
Another web site that overviews the process and effects of EMDR.
A skeptical look at EMDR, that asks the big question "Where
is the proof?"
This site explains and sites that the eye movement aspect of EMDR
is not necessary, and restates the fact that EMDR has not shown
to be valid.