EMDR-HellasEMDR is now accepted as a treatment of choice by numerous mental health departments, and trauma organizations. EMDR has a broad base of published case reports and controlled research that supports it as an empirically validated treatment of trauma. The Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Practice Guidelines have placed EMDR in the highest category, recommended for all trauma populations at all times.

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EMDR-HellasIn 1987, Francine Shapiro was walking in the park when she realized that eye movements appeared to decrease the negative emotion associated with her own distressing memories. She assumed that eye movements had a desensitizing effect, and when she experimented with this she found that others also had the same response to eye movements. It became apparent however that eye movements by themselves did not create comprehensive therapeutic effects and so Shapiro added other treatment elements, including a cognitive component, and developed a standard procedure that she called Eye Movement Desensitization (EMD).

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EMDR-Hellas Francine Shapiro developed an information processing theory  to explain and predict the treatment effects seen with EMDR therapy. This theoretical model also describes the development of personality, psychological problems and mental disorders. The following is a simplified description of Shapiro’s theory. 

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EMDR-HellasEMDR is now widely recognized as an effective treatment of trauma (e.g., American Psychiatric Association, 2004; Bisson & Andrew, 2007; Bleich et al., 2002; CREST, 2003; DVA/DoD, 2004; Foa et al., 2009; INSERM, 2004; NICE, 2005) EMDR clinical applications are based upon the adaptive information processing model (AIP; see Shapiro, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007) which posits that the direct reprocessing of the stored memories of etiological events and other experiential contributors can have a positive effect in the treatment of most clinical complaints.

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EMDR - Hellas was founded in 2009 and is the only qualifying national EMDR organization in Greece and a full member of "EMDR - Europe".
The organization was founded by a team of professionals who were trained through EMDR - Europe certified trainings. In June 2009 the EMDR - Hellas was unanimously accepted as a full member of EMDR - Europe because it met the strict criteria for full membership into the EMDR Europe community.

“EMDR - Europe” is the Pan European professional association which establishes, maintains and promotes the highest standards of excellence and integrity in EMDR practice, research and education throughout Europe and the wider region.  Its members are recognized national associations of each member country. EMDR Europe  defines the criteria for clinical application and training of EMDR throughout Europe and the wider region.

“EMDR - Europe” organizes the annual EMDR conference in collaboration with one national EMDR association. Every year the conference  is hosted in a different country. EMDR-Europe encourages and supports the creation of national EMDR associations in countries throughout the region.  It Promotes and maintains relationships with international EMDR professional groups and other relevant research institutions within and outside the European Union. Currently there are approximately 18 qualifying national associations in Europe and other countries which are supervised by EMDR Europe.

 The  EMDR - Europe constitution states that  only one national association can be approved in each member state. Each national association must prove that it implements and complies with the articles of the EMDR-Europe Association constitution.

 Mental health professionals (as they are defined by Greek law) who have completed the EMDR - Europe training can become members of EMDR - Hellas.

 EMDR is now widely recognized as an effective treatment of trauma (e.g., American Psychiatric Association, 2004; Bisson & Andrew, 2007; Bleich et al., 2002; CREST, 2003; DVA/DoD, 2004; Foa et al., 2009; INSERM, 2004; NICE, 2005)

 EMDR clinical applications are based upon the adaptive information processing model (AIP; see Shapiro, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007) which posits that the direct reprocessing of the stored memories of etiological events and other experiential contributors can have a positive effect in the treatment of most clinical complaints. This prediction has received support in a case studies and open trials with a variety of diagnoses. Expanding the standard protocols (Shapiro, 1995, 2001), additional applications have been developed in clinical practice by experts and consultants in a number of specialty areas. To-date, while numerous controlled studies have supported EMDR's effectiveness in the treatment of trauma and PTSD across the lifespan, other clinical applications are generally evaluated in case studies or open trials and are in need of further investigation.

New Board Members (7-06-2017)

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15th European conference 26‑29/6/2014

Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland
between the dates 26‑29th June 2014
for the 15th European conference
and to celebrate 25 years of EMDR

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