EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) is a special therapeutic technique that can be very powerful in treating trauma. It is the first line of intervention for PTSD.
If you had traumatic experiences in your life you might have symptoms of PTSD. EMDR is a very effective way of treating PTSD symptoms. Book a discovery session to see how it can help you.
This form of therapy is based on research implying that traumatic events can prevent the brain from processing information as it normally does, which results in these events getting “stuck” in the brain’s information-processing hub. Then, when someone who experienced a trauma recalls it, the memory triggers an intense recall of the original event, complete with all its upsetting sights, sounds, smells, thoughts, and feelings. New incidents can have the same effect.
EMDR therapy uses eye movements or other alternate hemisphere stimulation to remove the emotional charges of traumatic memories. Researchers believe the therapy activates mechanisms in the brain that help you process memory and distressing emotions. (AmenClinics)
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing can help people recover from trauma as well as other distressing conditions. EMDR treatment is focused on the rapid processing of information about a negative experience and movement toward an adaptive resolution.
When EMDR is successful, a person can understand, both consciously in their mind and unconsciously in the physical functioning of their brain, that the event is in the past and no longer a threat.
This means that there is a decrease in distress, a shift away from the negative belief to a more positive one. It is often used with people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a lasting emotional response to severe trauma that changes the nervous system.
Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
Dr Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist in the USA, see what he thinks about EMDR.
EMDR is different from other types of therapy. It doesn’t require talking to great lengths about distressing events or issues, which many people find difficult to do. Instead, EMDR therapies enhance brain function to help the healing process. EMDR therapy involves a few phases which include looking at memories from the past, current triggers, and skills and behaviours that can help you in the future.