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|How was EMDR developed?|
In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine
Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the
intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions.
Dr. Shapiro studied this effect scientifically and, in 1989, she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.
Since then, EMDR has developed and
evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over
the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that
incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.