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What is EMDR ?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
EMDR is a psychotherapy used in the treatment of psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, addictions and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It has been recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as one of two treatments for PTSD but its use is more widely used than this. It is a complex discipline and should only be practised by qualified and highly experienced therapists.

What does EMDR involve ?

EMDR is not a talking therapy it is a distinct psychotherapy guided by a model and protocols. EMDR tends to go further than CBT in accessing and reprocessing early memories on several levels. Some research has shown EMDR to be more effective than CBT and requires fewer sessions.

EMDR helps people process traumatic memories so that they are no longer disturbing. The eye movements in EMDR appear to help the brain to do this processing in much the same way as REM (rapid eye movement) during sleep. EMDR also helps people to explore how they think about past events and how to make sense of them. The ultimate aim is to reduce the disturbance so that people can live their lives more fully.

Who is EMDR for ?

Research shows that EMDR is effective in treating a diverse range of psychological problems as well as trauma.

Trauma and PTSD

Other problems

EMDR is also increasingly helping people to manage other issues such as:-

EMDR has been found to benefit children as well as adults.