EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)

 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (known as EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy developed by American psychologist Francine Shapiro after she observed that certain eye movements appeared to reduce traumatic memories.  After experimentation and study, EMDR was developed and today the therapy is recommended by NICE  (National Institute of Health of Health & Care Excellence) for the treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

 

When something traumatic has happened to them, for some people the memory of their experience returns in their mind, forcing them to relive the event with the same intensity of feeling, just like it is happening in the present.  Many people experience nightmares or flashbacks which are thought to happen due to the mind being too overwhelmed during the event for the person to process what was going on.  These unprocessed memories and the sights, thoughts, feelings, sounds and smells etc. are stored in "raw" form in the brain where they can be opened when something in everyday life triggers a memory of the original event, (for example a car backfiring can sound like gunfire to a war veteran)

 

Although these memories cannot be erased, the Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) process can change how these traumatic memeories are stored in the brain and make them much easier to manage. 

 

EMDR was originally developed to treat the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety and phobias, however, it is now widely used to treat GAD (generlised anxiety disorder), depression, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), low self esteem and chronic pain.

 

I am fully trained to provide EMDR.  If you would like to access this service, just call or email to arrange a first appointment.  

 

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