Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
"EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a method of trauma therapy developed in California between 1987 and 1991 by clinical psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro.
EMDR has been successfully used as a method of trauma therapy since the mid-1990s. EMDR works with bilateral stimulation, i.e. with both brain hemispheres, primarily through eye movements, and increasingly with other sensory stimulation.
This method is well suited for use in combination with established therapy models (for example, speech therapy, behavioural therapy, NLP, in-depth psychotherapy). EMDR is also increasingly being used in training, counselling and coaching.
After only a few sessions, EMDR produces noticeable changes with regards to cognition, emotions and body experience. There are also numerous studies and first-hand accounts of the positive effects of EMDR regarding the processing of stress-related individual experiences.
Cognitive processing of complex or multiple traumas lasts longer, of course, but with EMDR this processing time is considerably shorter than with other established methods of psychotherapy.
Scientific studies have repeatedly confirmed the high level of efficacy and lasting results of this method of therapy. Since 2006 the effectiveness of EMDR in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has received worldwide recognition. Originally developed and tested for the processing of traumatic experiences in war veterans, its various applications have since become much more diverse."
Text courtesy of EMDR Centre London who I qualified with.
Sessions take place in Pendlebury (M27) and last 1 hour.
How does EMDR Therapy work?
"EMDR influences the neural pathways in the brain. Through bilateral stimulation both brain hemispheres are activated and synchronised in relation to a traumatic event.
Traumatic experiences are anchored in a blocked or inadequately integrated memory network in the brain. The memories of those events are stored as they were experienced at the time of the event, “frozen in time”, so to speak.
EMDR aims to reprocess these “frozen” memories with the goal of noticeable and visible relief on a physical, emotional and sensory level.
EMDR is an active and intensive 8-stage process, supported by therapy, and can last several sessions. A client’s traumatic event is targeted and worked through in individual steps.
Clients are asked to assume an observing role. Their attention is partly focused on external sensory stimuli (bilateral stimulation); at the same time, the patient also partly concentrates internally, focusing on the traumatic event. The observing role creates emotional distance between the client and the experience and facilitates a cognitive and emotional re-evaluation.
Alongside guided eye movements, acoustic and tactile stimulation are also employed to increase the efficacy of the work by combining multiple senses.
EMDR, together with drawing on a clients internal resources, causes neural changes and in doing so initiates development and self-healing processes. EMDR not only facilitates an accelerated processing of traumatic memory fragments, but also allows cognitive restructuring, e.g. a re-evaluation of the experience, as well as a changed attitude regarding oneself and one’s own resources." Text courtesy of EMDR Centre London