EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a unique powerful therapy which is very successful in helping people recover from problems triggered by disturbing events in their lives past and present.  It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly.  Until recently, these conditions sometimes proved difficult to treat with talking therapy. EMDR is a breakthrough therapy because it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress. 

EMDR is a proven treatment for trauma, but it has also been found to help with the following problems: Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioural & Substance Addictions, Attachment Disorders (relationship difficulties), Agoraphobia, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Complicated Grief, Eating Disorders, Insomnia, Low self-esteem and OCD, Phobias, Performance Enhancement and Self-harming. EMDR can be useful for people who have witnessed or experienced an event like a car accident, a violent crime, sexual or emotional abuse, bullying, a social humiliation or the sudden loss of a loved one, and are struggling to recover.

Sometimes old disturbing memories can be stored in the brain dysfunctionally and this distressing material keeps getting triggered in the here and now which prevents healing from taking place.  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can cause disturbance and distress in current day functioning and EMDR is a highly effective therapy to alleviate this distress.  EMDR aims to help the brain to reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer intense. It also helps to desensitise the person to the emotional impact of the memory, so that they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings.   You already have most of the information you need to resolve this problem but the two just cannot connect. This is where EMDR can help, allowing new information to come to mind and resolve the old problems – similar to what happens spontaneously in REM or dream sleep.

When a person’s mental health problems have their roots in a distressing life event, EMDR can be very effective very quickly. Studies have shown that EMDR can significantly decrease PTSD and that the effect is long lasting (e.g. Ironson, Freund, Strauss, & Williams, 2002; Scheck, Schaeffer, & Gillette, 1998). People who have experienced several traumatic events, neglect or poor treatment as children usually need more sessions.

EMDR is a complex therapeutic process that should always be delivered by properly trained therapists.






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