“The past affects the present even without our being aware of it.”
What is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy?
EMDR is a process that uses eye movements to help the body recover from psychological trauma. As unusual as that sounds, it’s actually very effective and there are over 300 published studies demonstrating its success.
It was developed in 1987 after the chance discovery that certain eye movements reduced the intensity of disturbing thoughts, and it’s been used to treat children, adolescents and adults ever since.
The World Health Organization recommends that it be used to treat victims of trauma and other disturbing experiences, and the Australian Psychological Society recognizes it as the most effective means of dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
How can it help me?
In addition to severe trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR also helps with more widespread issues such as low self-esteem and feelings of powerlessness, depression, anxiety, phobias, addictions and body dysmorphia. Anything that’s triggered (consciously or unconsciously) by a specific memory, can be treated with EMDR.
How does it work?
The body has a natural ability to heal from psychological trauma, just as it does from physical trauma, and EMDR activates the process.
If you cut your hand for example, the blood clots and the wound closes. If there’s a thorn in there however, it becomes irritated, and healing is put on hold until it’s removed. With psychological trauma, your brain naturally moves towards mental health unless the system is blocked, or imbalanced, by the impact of a disturbing event. The emotional wound festers and causes intense suffering until the blockage is removed, and healing can resume. EMDR removes the blockage, allowing the brain’s natural healing process to take over.
I’m not so sure, is it like hypnosis?
No, it’s nothing like hypnosis. EDMR can’t be performed against your will, you remain conscious and in control, at all times. There’s nothing to worry about, it’s simply an effective way of treating a range of issues that many people experience in everyday life
If you’d like more information, please give me a call – I’m happy to talk you through it on the phone if you wish.