What can EMDR be used for?
EMDR can be successful in the Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and also numerous other Clinical Conditions in which Adverse Life Events are a Significant Component.
As well as PTSD, EMDR has been successfully used to treat:
Previous difficult life experiences
Previous Abuse, of a physical / emotional / psychological / sexual / verbal nature
Severe anxiety or panic attacks
Emergency services / medical staff post traumatic stress symptoms
Unrelenting stress issues
Hypervigilance / flashbacks / fears
Post addictions issues
Low self-esteem and performance anxiety
Service veterans & much else..
What is EMDR (Eye movement Desensitisation and Re-processing)?
Following trauma or some sort of shock to your body or minds natural defences, EMDR is a process which, in the hands of an experienced practitioner, can help to recreate the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process traumatic memories in a very natural way, using only your own minds natural healing processes…
What happens when you are traumatised?
Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware of it. However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatised by an overwhelming event (e.g. a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect), your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining frozen in your brain or being “unprocessed”. Such unprocessed memories and feelings are stored in the limbic system of your brain in a “raw” and emotional form, rather than in a verbal “story” mode.
What occurs in the brain networks?
What is an EMDR session like?
EMDR utilises the natural healing ability of your body. After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch a bar of moving lights from side to side. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements.
What might I experience?
Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.
Can anyone benefit from EMDR?
EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of your past traumas and allowing you to live more fully in the present. It is not, however, appropriate for everyone. The process is rapid, and any disturbing experiences, if they occur at all, last for a comparatively short period of time. Nevertheless, you need to be aware of, and willing to experience, the strong feelings and disturbing thoughts, which sometimes occur during sessions.
How long does treatment take?
EMDR can be brief focused treatment or part of a longer psychotherapy programme. EMDR sessions can last for for 60 minutes.
Will I will remain in control and empowered?
During EMDR treatment, you will remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake. This is not a form of hypnosis and you can stop the process at any time. Throughout the session, the therapist will support and facilitate your own self-healing and intervene as little as possible. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously, and new connections and insights are felt to arise quite naturally from within. As a result, most people experience EMDR as being a natural and very empowering therapy.
What evidence is there that EMDR is a successful treatment?
EMDR is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped over a million individuals. EMDR making is the most thoroughly researched method used in the treatment of trauma and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an effective treatment for PTSD.
(Adapted from www.thetraumacentre.com)
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