(Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
EMDR is faster, deeper acting – on the root cause – and it doesn’t depend on you spending hours talking through the details of your difficulty.
It has a respected and diverse clinical evidence base that is acknowledged by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, the NHS and many psychiatrist and medical practitioners.
What is EMDR?
It is a technique originally developed for treating war veterans for Post-Traumatic Stress and is now seeing some quite incredible results clinically for a very broad variety of symptoms.
Who is EMDR for?
If you suffering from anxiety, depression, addiction, low mood, anger issues and more this maybe a treatment choice for you (see treatment list). EMDR addresses the root cause of often intractable and long term difficulties that may have been the origin of a variety of visible conditions.
How does EMDR work?
It takes hidden beliefs that drive behaviours, thoughts and moods and ‘reprograms’ them in a safe, ethical and clinically proven way to create lasting and permanent change.
You eat a banana and your digestive system doesn’t digest it. What would happen? Well probably the banana would begin to rot inside your body slowly and pervasively poisoning you and symptoms begin to emerge that seem to be unrelated to the original banana event. Imagine the consumption of the banana was 20 years ago and in the here and now you have a seemingly unrelated symptom emerge.
It is the same with how our brain digests our day to day experience – especially when we are younger children and have fewer resources to deal with difficulties. Often a patient may have experienced a difficulty – they may or may not remember this consciously. If this happens in very early childhood it is almost always forgotten. As the ‘undigested’ memory sits in the unconscious part of the brain, the raw emotion, belief and bodily sensations can creep into everyday situations seemingly unconnected to any visible past situation. These can emerge as depression, nightmares, addictions, phobias, mood swings, anxiety and much more.
What Happens in an EMDR session?
The practitioner takes a detailed history of your difficulty and may after a session or two ask you to practice some skills to prepare you for the process. You will then go through the desensitisation process, eventually leaving you able to visualise yourself in a variety of future situations which previous to the therapy may have been difficult or even impossible*.
EMDR Symptom Treatment List
- Post-traumatic stress disorder;
- Personality Difficulties
- Anxieties & phobias
- Mood swings
- Low self-esteem
- Addiction Childhood neglect/abuse
- Migraines Physical, sexual and emotional abuse