Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) therapy was originally developed to treat post-traumatic stress disorders, including experiences of war. However, it’s since been found to have far reaching applications for many different types of disorders. Today, EMDR is used by counsellors and psychotherapists to help people with trauma, whether that’s in their personal or professional lives.
How does EMDR help?
EMDR therapy can be a very powerful treatment for people who have experienced any of the following traumas:
- natural disasters
- neglect in childhood
- performance anxiety
EMDR therapy can also help children to cope with trauma and crises. The EMDR therapy stimulates both the left and right sides of the brain, using a range of techniques including hand movements, alternating lights or vibrating sensors, while the client recalls the event which is the cause of the trauma (or traumas).
The effect of EMDR is similar to Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, during which the brain makes sense of the day’s events, reprocessing the memory and releasing negative emotions and associations.