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Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

EDMR is an innovative clinical treatment, which has successfully helped over one million people who have experienced psychological difficulties which originate from some kind of traumatic experience, such as sexual abuse, childhood neglect, road traffic accidents and violence.  EMDR is also successful in treating other complaints such as performance anxiety, self-esteem issues, phobias, and other trauma related anxiety disorders.

Treatment with EMDR

EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions.  EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.

EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, or sound, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system.  This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.

EMDR allows a client to process an emotional experience that he/she cannot yet talk about, yet following an EMDR session find an ability to talk about it freely.  Most importantly, it can eliminate stress surrounding the traumatic event, with the purpose of allowing new life into the once traumatized and emotionally difficult memory.

Learn more about Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing

Please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing.  More information on Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing is available from the EMDR Association UK & Ireland, alternatively.

EMDR Techniques

The EMDR technique does two very important things.  First, it “unlocks” the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system, and second, it helps the brain to successfully process the experience.

The therapist works gently with the client, guiding him or her to revisit the traumatic incident.  When the memory is brought to mind, the feelings are re-experienced in a new way.  EMDR makes it possible to gain the self-knowledge and perspective that will enable the client to choose their actions, rather than feeling powerless over their re-actions.  This process can be complex if there are many experiences connected to the negative feelings.  The EMDR therapy sessions continue until the traumatic memories and emotions are relieved.

How Does EMDR Work?

When disturbing experiences happen, they are stored in the brain, with all the sights, sounds, thoughts, and feelings that accompany them.  When a person is very upset, the brain seems to be unable to process the experience as it would normally.  Therefore, the negative thoughts and feelings of the traumatic event are “trapped” in the nervous system.  Since the brain cannot process these emotions, the experience and/or its accompanying feelings are often suppressed from consciousness.  However, the distress lives on in the nervous system where it causes disturbances in the emotional functioning of the person (nightmares, vigilance, emotional numbness, avoidance of things that remind one of the trauma(s)).