EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses less on the traumatic event itself and more on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from the experience.
The therapy involves identifying unprocessed traumatic or distressing experiences which continue to drive an individual’s psychological disturbance. The client is asked to recall the worst aspect of the memory together with the accompanying problematic thoughts and associated bodily sensations. Simultaneously the client is directed to move their eyes from side to side, or employ another form of bilateral stimulation (BLS). This desensitises the client to the distressing memory, and more importantly allows them to process it. The associated symptoms become more adaptive and leads to long-lasting relief.
EMDR has also been shown to be effective in helping other areas of difficulty such as, anxiety, phobias, addiction and complicated grief.
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