EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) gets to the root cause of trauma fast. Unlike traditional talking therapies we focus on the emotions behind your trauma, when we experience a traumatic event we have an emotional response and that response can be triggered when we least expect it, which causes a rise in negative emotions. These emotions can be physically felt within the body and this is what we will focus on in a safe space. By working on the emotions behind your trauma, we are breaking the connection and lessening their power, when the emotional connection is cut the trauma response is no longer there. We achieve this by using a sequence of eye movements, this induces a trance like state where the brain re-programmes itself and breaks the unwanted connections. Past memories are likely to come up during your session, these are simply coming up for acknowledgment and release, once they have gone, they have gone, this is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
EMDR is brilliant for releasing individuals from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), anxiety, depression and addiction and is a highly effective therapy for children and adults, the amount of EMDR sessions required is dependent on each individual, improvements can however be seen incredibly quickly and the decrease in mind chatter can be seen after the first session.
The NHS recognises and promotes the use of EMDR in the treatment of PTSD. See
Three reasons to work with EMDR therapy
EMDR therapy benefits all types of trauma victims. EMDR therapy helps people of all ages and backgrounds suffering from all types of trauma – severe or not. Trauma and PTSD don’t just occur as a result of major, horrible events, such as abuse, accidents, natural disasters, or battlefield experiences. Trauma also results from less severe events, like hurtful childhood experiences, dysfunctional family dynamics, anxiety, depression, or the loss of a loved one to death.
EMDR is good for people who struggle to talk about their experience. EMDR is particularly valuable for people who may not wish to talk about a trauma or feel unable to find the right words. There’s no need for you to talk extensively about your trauma aloud. Prolonged exposure therapy or where a client patient needs to describe their traumatic memory in great detail can lead to further traumatising. In contrast, EMDR sessions require only that you focus briefly on the disturbing memory and subsequent emotion while you’re during the processing phase. Your brain handles the rest of the work.
EMDR therapy is quick compared to other therapies. Typically when working with EMDR we would look to treat the trauma within 5 – 10 sessions, and this is quicker than working with other therapies and trauma. This is particularly beneficial for people who wish to work with a trauma but cannot commit to longer term therapy.
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