Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative, evidence-based psychotherapy for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).
EMDR is also an effective therapy for other psychological issues and somatic symptoms – anxiety, panic attacks, fears, phobias and complicated grief reactions.
EMDR therapy involves the use of eye movements while working with upsetting, or distressing memories. The eye movements seem to stimulate, and positively effect, the brain’s information processing system; enabling upsetting and distressing memories, and their triggers, to be fully processed and resolved.
We hold memories of our experiences on many levels: cognitively, emotionally, physically and energetically. When we experience a challenging, painful or traumatic situation not only do we carry the memory and emotions connected with it, but our body also holds a memory of this. Our response to present situations may be influenced by past memories, held internally, often without us being consciously aware of this. Sometimes our responses may be inappropriate or unhealthy for us, and may impact on various aspects of our life.
Memories cannot be erased, however, EMDR therapy can help to bring: internal resolution, relief from somatic and emotional distress, new understanding and fresh perspectives, along with the development of positive coping mechanisms.