EMDR in the treatment of traumas and attachment disorders

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a psychotherapeutic approach that consists of eight phases with a set of specific procedures focused on the associative spontaneous processing of the traumatic memories and with a component of bilateral stimulation (ocular, auditory and tactile movements). The theoretical frame is the adaptive information processing (AIP). It raises the existence of a physiological system of learning that allows the brain to process the information of the experiences, to integrate them in an adaptive way to memory networks, and it constitutes the basis of our thoughts, emotions, attitudes and conducts.

At the beginning it was applied in the treatment of the post-traumatic stress disorder, but further developments extended its use, and the treatment of the traumas and attachment disorders gained importance.

Keywords:
EMDR, Adaptive Information Processing, bilateral stimulation, PTSD, traumas and attachment disorders

Walter Lupo
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