Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a scientifically validated psychological approach in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More recently, clinical research has demonstrated that EMDR provides an effective treatment for phobias, panic disorder, chronic pain, performance anxiety, complicated grief and sexual and physical abuse. EMDR incorporates elements of cognitive behavioural therapy with bilateral eye movement or other forms of rhythmic left right bilateral stimulation.
EMDR works by changing the way your brain processes traumatic or distressing memories, cognitions and emotions. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. This process involves working on the images, thoughts and feelings associated with traumatic or distressing situations.
What happens in an EMDR session?
During session, you’ll bring to mind the memories, images, thoughts, emotions and sensations associated with the traumatic or feared situation. Bilateral eye movements and/or bilateral stimulation achieved by tapping the left and right palms of the hand or knees keep you anchored in the present whilst observing or re-experiencing the effects of the distressing situation or memory.
- EMDR can significantly accelerate the healing process after a traumatic experience and the effects are long lasting.
- EMDR does not require you to go into detail about the distressing events of the past unlike talking therapies the trauma isn’t analysed.
- EMDR simultaneously works on the mind, body, and emotions enabling healing in the limbic system. The trauma that must be re-experienced is relatively during the treatment is relatively short-lived and processed at a pace that is manageable for the individual
- EMDR is designed to be used as a stand-alone process, but can also be effectively integrated into Cognitive and Behavioural techniques for the treatment of trauma and anxiety.
- Treatment with EMDR can be rapid. The number of sessions required, however, will vary according to the complexity of the issues being dealt with. In general, the more isolated the traumatic memory being treated, the shorter the treatment tends to be.
All of us experience trauma at some point in our lives. Any past event that is still upsetting or disturbing to you is a trauma. Trauma is unique to each individual EMDR helps to reduce the distress and symptoms associated with an event, processing trauma memories that are “stuck” in your body or nervous system.
All cases of EMDR undertaken by myself are supervised by an experienced and trained EMDR psychologist to ensure I am working to enable the best outcome for you. Clients may start off with counselling and then during the course of their treatment wish to receive EMDR to help with specific symptoms they are experiencing.