EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprogramming)
EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprogramming) is an integrative and discrete practice psychotherapy approach that is used to treat both single and complex trauma using bi-lateral eye movements or bi lateral stimulation. This practice can support clients who have experienced or witnessed a single trauma such as a car accident or more complex issues and difficult situations such as neglect, physical or verbal abuse.
EMDR can help a range of conditions such as:
When an individual is upset or traumatised the brain cannot process the information as it would usually do. The memory seems to become frozen and every time it is recalled (either voluntarily or involuntarily) remembering the trauma can feel just as uncomfortable as when it first happened. This is because the content of the incident has not changed. Recalling these memories in this way, as though experiencing them all over again, can have a lasting negative effect and without treatment can manifest into PTSD. Trauma can interfere in an individual’s daily life and functioning and their interactions and relationships.
EMDR helps the brain to process the trauma rather than allowing the memory to remain “stuck”. Afterwards, the uncomfortable memory or distress can be recalled in a new and non distressing way, without the negative emotions and body feelings linked to the original experience.
EMDR is a highly effective and relatively fast treatment for trauma. EMDR is often used globally to provide trauma support when natural disasters occur, it’s also used very productively with service men and women in the armed forces and the police and fire service.
EMDR is an approved treatment by NICE.