what is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapeutic approach designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories and negative beliefs. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR involves a structured process that integrates bilateral stimulation, often in the form of guided eye movements, auditory tones, or tactile sensations.

During an EMDR session, a trained therapist guides the individual through a series of eye movements or other bilateral stimulations while focusing on a distressing memory. This process aims to facilitate the brain’s natural ability to reprocess and integrate traumatic or distressing memories, thereby reducing the emotional charge associated with them.

EMDR is primarily used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but has also shown effectiveness in addressing various other psychological issues, such as anxiety, depression, phobias, and more. It’s important to note that EMDR should be administered by a trained and licensed therapist due to its specialized nature and potential emotional intensity.

 

What can EMDR help with?

  • Managing emotions
  • School refusal
  • Sleep issues
  • Family relationships
  • Gender identity
  • Self harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Bullying
  • Improving confidence
  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Phobias
  • Recent traumatic event
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Ongoing stress

Videos – How EMDR works