Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is 1 of 2 treatments recommended by the World Health Organisation for the treatment of trauma related problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Its discovery in 1989 by Dr Francine Shapiro transformed the treatment landscape for these types of problems. EMDR therapy is now being used for a wider set of mental health conditions where memories have been stored with residual cognitive, emotional and somatic disturbance. EMDR Therapy is one of the most complex psychotherapies and a high level of experience and academic rigour is required before being eligible to undertake the training.
EMDR Training New Zealand offers EMDR Institute trainings ( www.emdr.com ) to mental health professionals. Its presenter, Dr Tom Flewett, is a psychiatrist who completed his trainer training through the American based EMDR Institute. EMDR Institute Trainings are recognised internationally and are approved by EMDRIA.