EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitising & Reprocessing)

What is it?

EMDR is a psychotherapeutic treatment used in conjunction with traditional methods of psychotherapy and counseling.

EMDR was validated in 2005 by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as a treatment choice for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It has been developed to treat most other areas of emotional disturbance.

EMDR and Trauma

When a person is traumatised, the brain's healing process may become overloaded or 'stuck', leaving the original disturbing experiences unprocessed.

These 'raw; memories are stored in the the brain and can continue to cause disturbance when perceived similar event are experienced.

EMDR is a complex method of psychotherapy that integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic processes and combines them with eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation (gentle tapping or audio cues) so that the brain's information processing system is stimulated. This enables the original trauma to be desensitised and processed.

One theory underlying EMDR is that as REM (dream) sleep works to process the days events, eye movements during EMDR sessions do the same for traumatic memories and enables the brain to healthily process the experience without the person feeling a loss of control.

A wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating the benefits of EMDR in treating psychological trauma.

Who can benefit from EMDR?

People who have experienced a trauma and are continually troubled by the event or the negative beliefs associated with the event.

For example, EMDR can help people who have experienced:

  • War related trauma
  • Childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect
  • Natural disaster
  • Violence (or been a witness to)
  • Assault
  • Surgical trauma
  • Road traffic and workplace accidents
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Grief

EMDR has recently been developed and found to be effective to treat a lot of other psychological and emotional disturbance including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress
  • Phobias
  • Performance anxiety

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