Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an innovative clinical treatment that
has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of emotional difficulties that are linked to difficult life experiences and difficult memories/trauma.
The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored
in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed, and EMDR is one way to do this. EMDR is often practised with other
therapeutic approaches including CBT for optimal results.
What does EMDR involve?
In EMDR you are asked to pay attention making eye movements from one side to another while thinking about your memory. One way to
pay attention from left to right is to follow the therapist’s finger as they move it from side-to-side in your line of vision. Alternative versions of EMDR ask you to pay attention to sounds or
tapping sensations which occur in sequence from left to right. This side-to-side motion is called bilateral stimulation. It has been found to enhance memory processing and there are a number of
theories explaining how it might do this.