EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitation and Reprocessing

 

 

EMDR  - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - is a complete psychotherapy in its own right.  I use it with Regression to Cause and Internal Family Systems (IFS) but it can be used stand alone as an integrative psychotherapeutic approach. It is a well established and extensively researched approach, proven to be effective for PTSD, trauma and specific fears.  Over the years, since its inception in 1987, EMDR has more widely been used for any painful memory or event that has a negative physical or psychological effect on a person. It has helped millions of people of all ages relieve and heal many types of psychological and physical distress.  

 

What we know is that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information in the way it normally does.  One moment can become 'frozen in time' and we can feel stuck or remembering the trauma can feel as bad as first experienced because the images, sounds, smells and feelings haven't been processed so haven't changed within the subconscious. Such memories can have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the belief systems of the person, the way they see the world and themselves, and how they relate to others. 

 

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes infomation.  Once EMDR has been used successfully, the person no longer re-lives the images, sounds and feelings when the event is brought to mind.  They still remember it, but it is far less upsetting.  EMDR appears to stimulate REM - Rapid Eye Movement - which is a naturally occuring process that happens during sleep and dreaming.  EMDR can be viewed as a physiologically based therapy that helps people to see once disturbing memories and feelings, from a new perspective and feeling much less distressed, and therefore calmer and more in control. 

 

If you have a painful memory or are strongly triggered emotionally by certain people or situations, I would recommend researching EMDR and booking a number of sessions with an expereinced therapist. 

 

If you would like a handout explaining more about EMDR, email me and I will gladly introduce you further to this amazingly powerful holistic therapy. 

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