More About EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

EMDR seems to encourage the brain's ability to process the previous or old traumatic events and helps in putting them a more helpful perspective.


What is EMDR?

EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. 

EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.   

 

How EMDR works

Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.  The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. 

EMDR was featured on BBC Radio4 programme iPM recently. The programme told the story of a woman revisiting intense experiences of being bullied at just age four. Listen to her story here:

What happens in an EMDR session?

Using specific protocols, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

This involves moving the eyes from side to side. This is achieved by following the clinician's hand or by following a series of lights; or listening to sounds, or feeling a vibration in each hand from the tappers.

Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.