Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that has been proven effective in the treatment of trauma. It is a method that helps people understand and reprocess information and experiences that have shaped their behaviours, thoughts and feelings by coming to a strong resolution.
EMDR incorporates a set of standardised protocols from different treatment approaches. EMDR has a main focus of relieving distressing memories that have not been processed correctly. The client is not always aware of why they are triggered by certain events, EMDR solves that unidentified issue.
EMDR does not require you to go into detail about distressing or disturbing memories from the past. It is an effective, standalone therapy that can desensitize and reprocess memories that have become ‘stuck.’
EMDR does not require homework between sessions. Treatment can be very rapid, but number of sessions vary according to the complexity of the issues being dealt with.
EMDR is supported by the World Health Organisation as an effective treatment intervention for adults and children with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
EMDR is supported by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).