EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) was developed and researched in part with veterans. It has been demonstrated effective in resolving trauma, and is endorsed by the United States Department of Defense, The Veterans Administration and the World Health Organization.
EMDR traditionally uses bilateral stimulation, while focusing on some aspect of a traumatic experience (or series of experiences) and/or a distorted belief about oneself. It is effective in desensitizing the trauma, the possible physiological or emotional impact of the trauma, and the beliefs one has internalized in the aftermath of the trauma. EMDR augments the healing process relative to trauma in a remarkable way. Contrary to the title, eye movements are not necessarily used. Technology has simplified the process by which the bilateral stimulation occurs, with the same results. EMDR is also effective in reducing anxiety, strengthening a person’s confidence, reducing the anger response, etc. It is now being used as an adjunct to therapy to treat attachment wounds in adopted children, to reduce performance anxiety, and as a help in decreasing triggers to addictive acting out. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk endorses EMDR as a treatment for trauma because it impacts the brain.
If you are looking for a therapist who is experienced in using EMDR, Fonda has used EMDR extensively with adults and children and has found it to be highly effective.