Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR for trauma, PTSD, OCD or Phobias:
EMDR is a therapeutic technique that is used to diminish the negative emotional charge that previous traumatic incidents can have. When such memories no longer have the same intensity to them, people often report increased feelings of resilience and well-being.
EMDR is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for its use in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
There is also growing evidence that EMDR may also helpful for other issues such as Obsessive compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety and phobias.
When we experience an overwhelming event, it is thought that, memories are sometimes not fully processed and remain frozen and isolated within our memory networks. These unprocessed memories can then have a negative impact on your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Such memories can be easily triggered and result in nightmares, visual & auditory flashbacks, unpleasant body sensations, negative thoughts, unhelpful behaviours and feelings of fear or panic.
EMDR is a technique that aims to allow you to reprocess these memories so that they can be integrated and held in the brain as a regular every day memory would be. Once a memory has been reprocessed its intensity is often reduced and your sense of well-being increased.
You may feel apprehensive or fearful at the thought of working through some of your most distressing memories. In order to help you to feel comfortable I would start the EMDR process by initially getting to know and by showing you a number of coping strategies that you will be able to use in and between sessions.
I also do not require you to recount the full traumatic memory for EMDR to be effective. This means that it can be a helpful technique if you find talking about the specific issue too distressing or embarrassing.
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