While EMDR is best known for the treatment of PTSD, it’s evolved into a comprehensive, attachment-based approach that addresses a broad range of clinical conditions.
In the following interview, EMDR pioneer Deany Laliotis explains how EMDR works, who it works with, and how it's evolved over time.
Not only does Deany say a therapist treating trauma must keep the client close and connected to help manage their symptoms, but they should invite them to reflect and grow. "Help them appreciate that perhaps what they learned to do growing up was avoid their 'inner life' because they didn't have the resources they needed. Our challenge is to help the client appreciate this, and validate them." Then, she says, "invite them to stretch, to be curious. To approach their inner life."