Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach which is used to help people overcome traumatic events and anxiety disorders. Currently, NICE guidelines recommend it as a treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

Additionally, it can also be effective as standalone treatments alongside other forms of therapy for conditions such as anxiety and phobias. However, for the most part, it is an intervention that aims to eliminate the impact of negative memories. 

Presently, the evidence shows when someone is very upset, their brain cannot process information like it normally would. Therefore, one moment or a series of traumatic incidents may become ‘stuck’ in time. As a result, such memories may have a lasting and negative impact. Moreover, they can interfere with the way a person views the world, and the ways they relate to others.

EMDR provides an opportunity for the brain to ‘reprocess’ these traumatic memories. With this purpose in mind, you and your therapist will achieve this by alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or gentle taps during sessions. Consequently, in successful EMDR therapy, the therapist can help you change the meaning of painful events and integrate them on an emotional level.

Please feel free to book an initial consultation with one of our EMDR therapists today!