About EMDR

The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way at the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.  Francine Shapiro developed EMDR in 1987, using this natural process to successfully treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems including:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), OCD, phobias, physical/sexual abuse, disturbing memories, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, stress, addictions, chronic pain.

EMDR uses the natural healing ability of your body.  After assessment you will be asked specific questions about a particularly disturbing memory.  Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist’s fingers moving backwards and forwards across your visual field.  With repeated sets of eye movements the memory tends to lose its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past.  Other associated memories may heal at the same time.  This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.  You will remain in control and fully awake. EMDR is not a form of hypnosis.  You can stop the process at any time.

EMDR is a transformative psychotherapy and is the most thoroughly researched method used in the treatment of trauma.  It is recommended for the treatment of PTSD in the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Guidelines.