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What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR) is a complex and powerful therapy that helps to internalise positive cognitions. It depends on the level of dissociation and is used by trained therapists to relieve psychological stress especially associated with trauma and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During sleep eye movement takes place as the brain processes what has been happening that day and EMDR creates that in sessions through bilateral stimulation (BLS) to help relieve the condition.

EMDR has been successful in treating cases of PTSD following military combat, assaults, rape or traffic accidents and is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). It has been also been successful in lessening the impact of memories and thoughts in cases of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, addictions, phobias and fears and low self-esteem

An EMDR session may last for 60 to 90 minutes depending on the type of problem, life circumstances and the previous trauma experienced which will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary.

Sessions consist of eight phases

1. History and treatment planning.
2.Preparation for EMDR.
3. Assessment.
4. Desensitisation.
5. Installation.
6.Body scan.
7. Closure
8. Re-evaluation.

The EMDR technique is most effective when used in conjunction with other traditional methods of therapy in treating these and many other emotional disorders.

EMDR therapy can help clients replace their anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.

What are the Symptoms that can be helped by EMDR?

• High anxiety and lack of motivation
• Depression
• Memories of a traumatic experience
• Fear of being alone
• Unrealistic feelings of guilt and shame
• Difficulty in trusting others
• Relationship problems

What is the History of EMDR?

Since the initial medical study in 1989 positive therapeutic results with EMDR have been reported with the following populations:

• People who have witnessed or been a victim to a disaster (rape, accidents, earth quakes, fires, murder, gang related violence)
• Clients suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
• Suffers of panic disorders and anxiety attacks
• Suffers of phobias
• Chemically dependent clients
• Persons exposed to excess loss ( loss by death, divorce, loss of a house by fire)
• Crime victims and police officers who were once overcome with violent memories
• Accident or burn victims

Although a fairly new therapeutic technique, EMDR is meeting with much success all across the county. EMDR is a natural process. The client and the therapist become partners on a journey to help move traumatic and blocked energy. Together they work to transcend and free up the energy, so the client can return to their natural grounded state of being. The goal of this work is to help the client heal, so they can return to their life in peace.

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