Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a leading treatment for most trauma, and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). It uses a technique to enable the brain to activate a past memory and re-process it in a healthier way. It focuses on the images, self-beliefs, emotions and physical sensations that you hold when you have not processed a trauma in a healthy way originally.
Examples of issues where EMDR can be helpful:
Fear of flying
Or any other fear that impacts your daily life.
There is a natural process of grieving. EMDR helps with traumatic memories associated with loss.
EMDR can help to manage:
Generalised anxiety disorder
Any traumatic experience associated with birth, pregnancy or miscarriage. EMDR can be used with medical approval.
Abuse can take many forms. For example, physical abuse, gas-lighting, sexual abuse. EMDR can help overcome the trauma of these experiences.
When we sleep deeply and process information from the day, our eyes move from side-to-side during our sleep cycle. This is called REM sleep. EMDR recreates this left to right eye movement when awake. This allows thoughts, feeling and memories to be re-processed as they should have done when the trauma happened. This can be used for past memories, current triggers and/or future fears.
I am European Accredited EMDR Practitioner, using EMDR within my psychotherapy practice.