EMDR--Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)1 integrates elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies2. EMDR is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach. During EMDR1 the client attends to past and present experiences in brief sequential doses while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Then the client is instructed to let new material become the focus of the next set of dual attention. This sequence of dual attention and personal association is repeated many times in the session. There are Eight Phases of Treatment.....read more at http://www.emdr.com/briefdes.htm I was told by a medical doctor to try and have this done by a psychiatrist or psychologist. I had never heard of it of before until this medical doctor who went through EMDR for his own "demons" and highly recommended the procedure. EMDR is not voodoo, psyhic bull, etc. There is nothing to hook to, nothing external is connected to you. The therapist uses his fingers or long stick passing it in front of your eyes and in theory it conjures up thoughts within the brain and then you discuss what you thought, felt, etc. and then it continues. It depends on how severe a case is with an individual. Mine was bad in that after doing EMDR, I would be wiped out emotionally and be real fatigued for about 1 week and a half. As time went by, some weeks, that time got cut down to a few days to a day or two of feeling very tired, emotionally wiped out, etc. I know that I had horrible nightmares and these are gone. Like I said, military veterans were the ones that the real studies were based on them and how many came out from under the stress and nightmares of war, etc. I cried a lot during the sessions, I was to note how I felt, for example, I would hurt a lot in my upper chest area (not around the heart but way up in the upper chest area) and you note what your thoughts are as the psychologist is moving his fingers (or long stick) in front of your eyes back and forth (they never touch you and it is non threatening, trust me!). Sometimes I would feel pain on parts of my body relating to the trauma I experienced as a child which was totally weird but the pain would subside as I was talking about it and it being purged out of my system so to speak. I am not a know it all about EMDR but I have been through some horrific stuff in my life and I am very thankful a medical doctor had the balls to recommend I seek help through this means of relief. I am told that if it does not help a person, it does not hurt them at all to try it. I know the psychologist I was seeing told me he had a Vietnam Veteran he was treating and that many times he believed he was in the jungles again, could feel the oppressive humid heat, the noise, etc. so beware that whatever is in your brain and it never forgets, will come out so be honest with the therapist and believe me they have heard it all and probably seen it all. My psychologist treats children of sexual and other abuses and treats adults. So find someone who has been trained in this technique and part of their therapy is helping you get well (the other part is up to you to get well) so don't stick with someone who just looks at you with a $$$$. I hope this helps. Again please check out the website and see if there are any psychologists or psychiatrists who are in your area to treat you with EMDR. It was the best thing that happened to me to purge those horrid memories from my brain.