What is EMDR ?
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing was developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987. It is now recommended in the NICE guidelines and is used in particular for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but also for anxiety and panic attacks, depression, stress, phobias, sleep problems, self esteem and performance anxiety.
It uses the mind's natural ability to heal itself.
What happen's in EMDR sessions?
After a thorough assessment you will be asked about a specific disturbing memory. Eye movement's are created by you simply watching the therapist's finger moving backwards and forwards. This helps your mind to process the mEmory until it looses it's painful intensity. Other associated memories may also be helped at the same time. During a session you may experience changes in thoughts, feelings and images. Other method's may be used rather than eye movment's depending comfort, safety and preference. Thes include the use of a light bar to create eye movements or tapping instead of eye movements.
I can offer EMDR as a brief focused treatment of up to 6 sessions or as part of a longer programme of therapy alongside CBT.
You remain alert , awake and in control throughout the treatment.
EMDR is recommended in the NICE guidelines as an effective treatment for PTSD.