Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)

What is Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy, otherwise known as EMDR, is a type of psychotherapy.

This treatment focuses directly on the traumatic memory and how it is stored in the brain.

Rather then altering the thoughts, emotions and responses caused by traumatic events and experiences like other forms of therapy do, EMDR focuses on changing how it is stored in the memory.

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Who can it help?

EMDR is mainly used to treat trauma and PTSD, but it is known to alleviate the symptoms of:

  • Panic attacks
  • Panic disorders
  • Addictions e.g. alcohol, drugs
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders, such as bulimia

How does EMDR work?

EMDR works by transforming the memory rather than changing it. Furthermore it works by altering the way the memories have been stored which lessens and can eradicate the symptoms and side effects of the issues listed above.

If EMDR is the recommended treatment, for good progress to be made, it is better to come weekly although fortnightly may be considered and discussed after a few sessions have been completed.

The course of treatment usually lasts anywhere between 6 to 20 sessions, averaging anything between 60 – 90 minutes per session.

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