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About EMDR

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is an evidence based method of treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with over 100 case studies and 18 randomised control studies supporting its efficacy. PTSD can be caused by a range of disturbing life events including road traffic accidents, assaults, combat stress and childhood trauma. The treatment draws upon a number of theoretical clinical models including cognitive, behavioural client centred and psychodynamic therapies.

The therapy involves an 8 phase treatment protocol outlined below:

  • History and treatment planning
  • Preparation
  • Assessment
  • Reprocessing
  • Desensitization
  • Installation
  • Body Scan
  • Closure
  • Re-evaluation

EMDR helps the individual to successfully process trauma memories (thoughts, feelings and sensations) experienced at the time of the event using a non directive approach. The therapy proposes that disturbing memories are stored in the brain in isolation preventing processing taking place. This old distressing material just keeps being repeatedly triggered over and over again.

It is thought that we already have most of the information to resolve this problem in another part of our brain but the two are just unable to connect. Using EMDR these pieces of information are linked together leading to the assimilation of the trauma memories into its more normal perspective as a past event, image sensation etc. New information can now be brought to mind to resolve these old problems.