EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy is a powerful and effective psychological treatment. EMDR is included as a recommended therapy in the NICE guidelines for treating trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
EMDR therapy is now being used to successfully treat a wide range of conditions such as depression, complicated grief, phobias and difficulties of self-regulation such as panic attacks and addiction. It is a recognised as a fast approach to bringing about lasting change. The focus of EMDR is not on analysing symptoms, nor on learning to manage them, but on removing a person’s vulnerability to whatever triggers the symptoms.
EMDR essentially does two very important things; “unlocks” the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system, and helps the brain successfully process the experience.
Depending on what brings you to therapy, I can work with you using EMDR alone, or we can decide to integrate EMDR with a more traditional ‘talking and exploring’ therapy.
Watch the following to learn more about EMDR and the working memory:
You can listen to a BBC Radio 4 interview with an EMDR client here: