Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
What is EMDR Therapy?
When traumatic events happen, the body’s natural coping mechanisms can be overwhelmed and subsequently, the memory isn’t always processed adequately.
EMDR therapy looks to help you properly process these traumatic memories, reducing their impact and helping you develop healthy coping mechanisms.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach for trauma including those who have experienced PTSD. EMDR has been extensively researched and proven to be effective for healing the symptoms of traumatic memories and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR has proven to show that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
What are the aims of EMDR Therapy
- Process unprocessed trauma
- Reduce re-experiencing traumatic memories (Panic attacks, Flashbacks, Nightmares)
- Reduce emotional distress symptoms in relation to the trauma
- Reduce stress, anxiety and hypervigilance
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
- Improve functioning and social experiences
How does it work?
EMDR is an eight-phase treatment process:
The initial phase is a history taking session, your therapist will ask you questions about your history and the traumatic symptoms that you are experiencing. Getting to know you in this way will help your therapist assess whether EMDR Therapy is a suitable option for you.
During Phase 2 (preparation stage) your therapist will teach you grounding and relaxation techniques which will be utilised during the treatment and to manage in between sessions.
During phases 3-6 your therapist will target specific distressing memories with eye movements or other bilateral stimulation such as taps or sounds to assist in processing traumatic memories.
Phases 7 and 8 are closing treatment sessions which will incorporate relaxation techniques that were learnt in phase 2 and evaluation of the overall treatment.
Our EMDR practitioners are highly qualified and experienced psychotherapists that have completed training approved by EMDR International Association and EMDR Europe Association.