Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

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. 


Can EMDR help me?


There is very good evidence that EMDR is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for PTSD.  EMDR may be an effective treatment for other conditions, particularly if they involve trauma memories or other distressing memories.The following conditions may benefit from EMDR treatment:


  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Trauma)
  • Phobias
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression
  • Low Self Esteem

To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress, for more information about EMDR and to see if this form of therapy may benefit you please do get in touch with us.

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