What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.

Originally developed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) it helps people process traumatic memories so that they cease to be disturbing. EMDR in now being used to help people with a wide range of psychological trauma such as childhood abuse, assault and road-traffic accidents.  Other issues, including depression and anxiety can also be helped with EMDR.

The eye movements used in the therapy appear to assist the brain to process traumatic memories in a similar way to the rapid eye movements that occur during sleep.

EMDR helps people explore how they think about past traumas and make sense of their responses.

EMDR is recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) as a treatment for PTSD.