EMDR is trauma focused therapy. In addition to its use for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat;
- Anxiety, paranoia and/ panic attacks
- Sleep problems
- Complicated grief
- Pain relief/phantom limb pain
- Performance anxiety
EMDR utilises the natural healing ability of your body. The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. EMDR processes disturbing experiences that remain frozen in your brain or are “unprocessed”. Such unprocessed memories and feelings can be viewed as traumatic.
Following a thorough assessment, we will ask you specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the Therapist’s finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. We will then ask you to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.
With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.