What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.  It is a psychotherapy that has been proven to be effective in treating psychological trauma, and is recommended by the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Practitioners are also finding it effective in the treatment of other anxiety related disorders, depression and chronic pain. 

How does EMDR work?

EMDR seems to directly influence the way the brain functions. It helps to restore normal ways of dealing with problems (i.e. information processing). Following successful EMDR treatment, memories of events are no longer painful when brought to the mind. What happened can still be recalled, but is no longer upsetting. This is supported by extensive research. Unlike traditional Psychotherapy, treatment using EMDR takes a minimum of 12 sessions of up to 90 minutes each session and involves elements of psycho-education.


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