Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a world recognised and recommended first line treatment for trauma victims.
EMDR has been widely endorsed as an effective trauma treatment in many countries, including the UK and is endorsed and used by the NHS via the NICE guidelines as an effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
What is EMDR Psychotherapy?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.
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How does it work?
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
Research proves it works
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions. Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions.
There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences. The American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organisation and the Department of Defence all recognise and endorse EMDR Psychotherapy.
How can EMDR help you?
I trained as an EMDR Psycotherapist in order to increase my ability to tailor treatment to effectively help my clients.
Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories. These ‘memories’ are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and the many problems or issues that bring them in for therapy.
Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the EMDR Psychotherapy.
Therefore, EMDR has successfully treated millions of people over the past 25 years.