Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a treatment that helps people to quickly heal from distress following traumatic events.
EMDR was initially developed to be used with sufferers of PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) following traumatic events in their lives such as Road Traffic Accidents, natural disasters and experiences of War and Violence. In March 2005 it was validated by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment of choice for PTSD, (see ).
EMDR has since been developed and has been found to be effect in the treatment of more common problems such as anxiety, depression, phobias, and stress.
During the EMDR sessions we will first talk about the memories that are still causing you distress in the present. At times these memories can be as stressful as when the initial situation took place. The same feelings can still be felt although the memory is from the past.
We will prepare for the reprocessing (using the eye movements) by making sure that you have some techniques to help you handle any distressing memories that may come back from those memories.
The processing is when you will access the old memory and we will use the eye movements, (or tapping or audio cues) to lower the distress you feel when recalling the memory.
We will evaluate our progress along the way and talk about other memories that may need to be worked on. This could also working on future events that may be coming up so that you can handle them better.
More information can be found at www.emdrassociation.org.uk.