Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is modality of psychotherapy in which the person being treated is asked to recall distressing images; the therapist then directs the person in one type of bilateral sensory input, such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping. It is included in several guidelines for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
I have completed basic training in EMDR, and use this modality when appropriate with my clients as part of our psychotherapy work.
This video is of Francine Shapiro, the developer of EMDR, being interviewed on 20/20 ABC: