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EMDR is designed to help individuals manage the distress associated with trauma. While attending to emotionally provocative memories in brief doses, the client is guided to simultaneously focus on an external stimulus, such as hand-tapping or therapist directed lateral eye movements. Theoretically, the EMDR process removes the emotional blockage that occurs with trauma so that natural healing can occur. There is much clinical research to support the effectiveness of EMDR in treating PTSD and the processing of provocative, distressing memories.

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