What is EMDR?

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a type of therapy that’s really helpful for people who have gone through traumatic experiences. This therapy was developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro back in the late 1980s, and it’s gained a lot of recognition as an effective treatment for trauma-related disorders.

So, how does it work? In EMDR, we work through a series of stages to support you to gently uncover the impact your experiences have had in your life and how they have impacted your health, well-being, relationships and more.  During these sessions, you’ll be asked to recall the traumatic event while also tracking the movement of the therapist’s fingers or other objects with your eyes. It might sound a little unusual, but this process stimulates both sides of your brain and help you process and desensitize those tough memories.

Who can be supported by EMDR?

EMDR has been found to be beneficial for many people who have experienced trauma. It can help reduce the emotional distress and negative feelings associated with the traumatic event, and it can also help you develop more adaptive ways of coping with the memories.  Areas that may benefit from EMDR include.

  • PSTD
  • C-PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Attachment trauma

If you’ve been through a traumatic event and you’re looking for a therapy that can make a significant difference, EMDR might be worth exploring. It’s a unique and effective approach that has helped many individuals heal from their past experiences.

What are the stages of EMDR?

The therapy typically involves the following steps:

  1. History and Treatment Planning: we work together to identify the traumatic events and develop a treatment plan.
  2. Preparation: The therapist helps the individual develop relaxation and coping skills to help them manage their emotions during the EMDR sessions.
  3. Assessment: The therapist works with the individual to identify specific memories or experiences that are associated with the trauma.
  4. Desensitization: The individual is asked to recall the traumatic event while tracking the therapist’s fingers or other moving objects with their eyes. The goal is to desensitize the individual to the traumatic memory.
  5. Installation: Positive beliefs or affirmations are introduced to help the individual replace negative or distorted beliefs that may be associated with the traumatic event.
  6. Body Scan: The therapist helps the individual identify and release any physical sensations or tension associated with the traumatic memory.
  7. Closure: The session is brought to a close, and the individual is encouraged to use the relaxation and coping skills learned during the session to manage any remaining distress.