Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a therapy that was initially developed for trauma and is a recommended treatment by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence for PTSD and used widely in the NHS.
EMDR is a process in which distressing memories lose their intensity so that they are less distressing and seem more like an “ordinary” memory.
A distressing or traumatic memory might be any event that someone is exposed to or witnesses that evokes strong negative emotions or feelings of hopelessness. These might be violent or abusive incidents or more personal such as being ridiculed, criticised or emotionally abused.
The emotions and bodily reactions at the time of the traumatic event are associated with chemicals in the nervous system and these can cause the brain to store the traumatic experience in a manner different from an everyday event which doesn’t carry a strong emotional charge.
The effect of EMDR is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM part of our sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes move rapidly from side to side. EMDR helps to reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought.
The result is that these memories will then no longer come to mind unwanted or provoke a distressing response if are brought to mind. This in turn can have a positive impact on how you are able to live on a day today basis.
EMDR is available with Colin.
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