What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing and is a therapy based on modern scientific understanding of how the brain works. It is endorsed by the NHS and uses well researched strategies to help people process and heal the symptoms of trauma as well as other kinds of emotional distress. It can be both highly effective and can work in a relatively short period of time.
EMDR has the unique benefit of enabling the client to resolve traumatic issues without having to disclose all the details. This is possible because whilst the trauma remains live for the client, the EMDR therapist works not with all the details but with body sensations, emotions, negative thoughts about self and the traumatic memory itself.
It can also be combined with more conventional talk therapy but that is not always necessary.
EMDR therapy is used for a wide range of emotional distress, for example; direct or indirect experiences of violence, accidents or natural disaster.
EMDR therapy is also used to work with distress that comes from shocks or losses in adult life or childhood, for example:
The nature of EMDR therapy means that after your session you’ll probably continue to be aware of the processing you have done. You may find yourself thinking about the contents of your session and you may feel some of the same emotions you experienced during the session. To help you through this process, allow yourself time and space to relax after an EMDR therapy session and use the relaxation techniques you have learnt. Be sure to discuss your feelings with your therapist next time. Many people say they feel a strong sense of relief after their sessions.
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The number of sessions needed will vary and this will be discussed with your therapist. Typically, phobias may take 3-
The goal of EMDR therapy is to reduce distress in the shortest period of time using a complete approach which has been researched and proved to be effective.
During the initial consultation your EMDR therapist will ask you about your history, including what kind of distress you are experiencing, whether or not you are taking any medication and what kind of support you are already receiving. Getting to know you in this way will help your therapist determine whether or not EMDR therapy is the best course of action for you.
Naturally, your therapist will talk you through the theory, answering any of your questions. You will learn some relaxation exercises as part of the therapy and which you can use at any times of stress outside of your sessions.