EMDR stands for ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’ and is an integrative psychological intervention developed in the 1980’s by Dr Francine Shapiro.
EMDR has been considered a breakthrough therapy which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems.
The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system and helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it is images, sounds, smells, tastes, physical sensations, thoughts or beliefs.
In addition to the management of PTSD, EMDR has been successfully used in the resolution of:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Pain relief and phantom limb pain
- Sleep issues
A typical EMDR session lasts between 60-90 minutes. During the therapy, the client is totally conscious and there is no hypnosis involved.