This approach sounds a little strange and this is the first I'm hearing of it. Is EMDR a legitimate mental health practice?
EMDR is a science-based psychotherapy. Leading mental health organizations worldwide have accepted treatment with EMDR for a variety of symptoms and conditions. EMDR has been practiced by nearly 70,000 therapists around the world for the past 25 years and is endorsed by multiple professional associations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Organizations like the EMDR Institute and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) are organizations for researchers and practitioners who are dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and integrity in EMDR and are working to advance the education, practice, and science of EMDR.