Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from a variety of traumas.
It is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can also help treat anxiety, panic, disturbing memories and many other emotional problems.
For some people, when something traumatic has happened to them, the memory of their experience comes crashing back into their mind, forcing them to relive the event with the same intensity of feeling – as if it’s taking place in the present moment. These experiences may present as flashbacks or nightmares, and are thought to occur because the mind was simply too overwhelmed during the event to process what was going on.
As a result of the trauma, these unprocessed memories and the accompanying sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings are stored in the brain in ‘raw’ form. Here, they can be accessed when something in everyday life triggers a recollection of the original event.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) can alter the way these traumatic memories are stored within the brain – making them easier to manage. EMDR therapy can help with depression, phobias, anxiety and low self esteem.
EMDR therapy aims to:
- Reduce re-experiencing trauma memories.
- Help you feel more able to cope with and manage trauma memories without needing to avoid potential triggers.
- Help you feel more able to engage in and enjoy pleasurable activities and relationships.
- Reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, irritation and hypervigilance – allowing you to rest well, address pressure and/or conflict and go about your daily business without feeling fearful and prone to panic.
- Reduce feelings of isolation, hopelessness and depression.
- Boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.
If you would like to know more or call and have an informal chat about how this form of therapy could help you, please get in touch with Janet on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01425 277199 and she will explain the process further.