EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapy that has been around since 1987 and has received an abundance of supportive research.
It has been shown to be extremely effective in treating trauma (PTSD) and trauma related conditions such as specific fears, anxieties and depression; that are traced back to early painful memories.
It is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is offered across the country in NHS mental health services.
Only clinicians who have attended accredited courses (by EMDR UK and Ireland Association) and supervised by a Consultant EMDR practitioner are allowed to practice.
How does it work?
Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated by asking you to watch the therapist’s finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field, while you recall the painful memory. This utilises the bodies natural ability to process painful memories, mimicking the natural healing process of REM sleep.
How Many Sessions Are Needed?
The treatment consists of different numbers of sessions depending upon the nature of the problem and the number of associated memories. There are usually 2 assessment sessions followed by 2 sessions to prepare for the EMDR. There are at least 2 – 4 treatment sessions following this. Sessions need to be attended weekly.