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EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing a powerful method of psychotherapy. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. 

EMDR was developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, Ph. D. beginning in 1987 after she observed that directed eye movements along with specific therapeutic protocols can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, feelings and body states. Dr. Shapiro studied this effect scientifically and in a 1989 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma. Since Then, EMDR has developed and evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches.
    Scientific research has established EMDR as an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Clinicians have also reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following problems:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Grief
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Stress Reduction
  • Addictions
  • Sexual/Physical/Emotional Abuse
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders

Approximately 20 controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases or eliminates the symptoms of PTSD for the majority of clients. The current treatment guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies designate EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD. 

EMDR was also found effective by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and other international health and governmental agencies. Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment. 

For further reference, a bibliography of research may be found through EMDR International Association web site,


If the word "hypnosis" conjures up images of a powerful, magician-like figure dangling a gold watch in the face of a stuporous subject while giving the command to "sleep deeply," then you are in for a pleasant surprise. 

Not only is that not what clinical hypnosis is all about, but that old stereotype of hypnosis has little relevance to the current perspective of hypnosis as a rich system of communication. 

There is a growing body of  objective evidence that when hypnosis is part of the treatment process, it generally increases the benefits of treatment. Hypnosis has been effectively applied in the treatment of

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Weight Loss
  • Addictions
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Management
  • Enhancing Esteem, Self-Efficacy and Confidence
  • Medical Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Concentration, Academic and Athletic Performance

DEEP - The Driver Evaluation and Education Programs

The Driver Evaluation and Education Programs, under the auspices of the Maine Office of Substance Abuse (OSA), are intended to evaluate, treat and educate people who have been convicted of operating under the influence. 

All drivers must complete a DEEP program in order to have their driver's licenses reinstated by the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles. 

Every DEEP provider is certified yearly and supervised by the Office of Substance Abuse. 

When drivers are convicted of an OUI, they may phone DEEP at (207) 626-8600 to learn about the various programs available to them. 

Don Acorn is a certified DEEP Provider and as such offers substance abuse evaluations, status updates, education and treatment for OUI offenders.