Professional Statements

Testimonials from international therapists.

The speed at which change occurs during EMDR contradicts the traditional notion of time as essential for psychological healing. Shapiro has integrated elements from many different schools of psychotherapy into her protocols, making EMDR applicable to a variety of clinical populations and accessible to clinicians from different orientations.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD

Professor of Psychiatry,
Boston University School of Medicine

EMDR assists survivors in the immediate aftermath of violent trauma by breaking through the walls of denial, shock, grief and anger. Ideal for those who have been unable to forget past traumatic life events, as it allow for a rapid processing of even deeply rooted memories, giving individuals back control of their lives and their emotions.

Dusty Bowencamp, RN CTR

Disaster Mental Health, American Red Cross

A lifesaving process for battered women...everyone who has experienced the psychological pain from abuse or knows someone who has should know about EMDR!

Lenore Walker, Ed.D. ABPP

Domestic Violence Institute

EMDR is proving to be the silicon chip of psychotherapy; it allows people to process incredible amounts of material in a shockingly short time.

Michael Elkin,Ph.D.

Director, Center for Collaborative Solutions

EMDR quickly opens new windows on reality, allowing people to see solutions within themselves that they never knew were there. And it's a therapy where the client is very much in charge, which can be particularly meaningful when people are recovering from having their power taken away by abuse and violation.

Laura S. Brown, Ph.D.

EMDR provides a proven approach to address the trauma that can interfere with healthy grief and mourning following the loss of a loved one.

Therese A. Rando, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss

Dr. Shapiro's work has proven invaluable to clinicians around the world in helping people following trauma.

Atle Dyregrov, Ph.D.

Consultant to UNICEF

EMDR is the most revolutionary, important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades.

Herbert Fensterheim, Ph.D.

Cornell University

EMDR is the most powerful and integrative intervention I have learned in the past five years.

John C. Norcross, Ph.D.,

University of Scranton

Francine Shapiro has made an enduring contribution to the field of psychotherapy.

Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D.

Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation

EMDR is a significant component of treatment in the Trauma Recovery Program at the Menninger Clinic.

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic