Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Contact: Sandra Kaplan
Phone: 315 475-6337
Contact: Kathryn Stuenzi
Phone: 315 464-3197
Psychiatry and Behavioral Science Building
Room 304, 713 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) helps people resolve traumatic memories and current emotional difficulties. EMDR can be used to facilitate therapy when a patient is unable to free him or her self from painful memories, is stuck in the progress of the treatment, is having intrusive thoughts or images, recurrent nightmares, and so on. It is an integrative psychotherapy approach that permits desensitization and reprocessing of traumatic memories and present disturbing experiences so there is little or no distress and with positive, instead of negative, beliefs about the self. This can sometimes occur rapidly and can have long-lasting effects.


Research results show the effectiveness of this method particularly with PTSD symptoms. The recent American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for treatment of patients with Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD includes EMDR, as well as CBT, as effective treatment. In fact, the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence now requires clinics that provide PTSD services to offer clients both trauma focused CBT and EMDR. The American Psychology Association has approved EMDR for treating civilian trauma.

Integrating EMDR

Seasoned clinicians find this highly focused psychotherapeutic method can be incorporated within the context of individual psychotherapy and into a range of therapeutic approaches including models of time-limited therapy. Recently trained clinicians, and mental health professionals near the conclusion of their training, experience ease in integrating the EMDR approach into their other learning.

Elective Seminar—September 2011-January 2012

This newly revised EMDR course conforms with newly established criteria and has been fully approved by the EMDR International Association.