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Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) can help you heal from symptoms and emotional distresses resulting from disturbing life experiences.
It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defence. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy.
Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.
Information from NICE and EMDR Institute
Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
C.Sci., M.A.Oxon., D.Psych., Dip.Clin.Psych., M.A.(London), M.Sc (CNAA), P.G.C.E, Dip.TESL, C.Psychol (Ed, Couns, For, Clin), BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. European Accredited EMDR Practitioner