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EMDR therapy

What is EMDR Therapy like?

An EMDR therapy session is conducted with the use of a uniquely designed protocol. Generally speaking, the therapist will help the client to focus simultaneously on various aspects of the traumatic event, including relevant memories, thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. While focusing on these aspects of the problem, the therapist bilaterally stimulates the clients brain through eye movements, sound or other tested techniques. This enables the reprocessing of psychological and emotional material.

Bilateral stimulation is continued with inputs from both the client and therapist, until the memory becomes less disturbing and is accompanied by an increase in more positive and realistic beliefs about oneself and the world. This method seems to facilitate the natural healing processes of the brain. During the session, clients may experience powerful emotions. At the end, there is usually a great reduction in their level of distress. The client is not hypnotised during EMDR.

How long does EMDR take?

Two or more sessions are required for the therapist to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. The therapist will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer any questions about the method. Once therapist and client have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR may begin. It is important that the EMDR Therapist underwent an accredited EMDR Training. (www.emdrassociation.org.uk).

A typical EMDR session lasts 60 minutes. The type of problem, life circumstances and the amount of previous treatment will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. Sessions usually take place weekly.

What can EMDR do?

Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress disorders, with a reported decrease in symptoms in 70 to 90% of cases. It has also been successfully applied in treatment of chronic pain, phobias, panic and a variety of anxiety disorders including performance anxiety, complicated grief, sexual and/or physical abuse and disturbing memories.

Where can I find an EMDR Therapist?

Moving Minds Psychological Management and Rehabilitation is an award winning organisation in the private sector with a network of vetted, experienced and fully trained EMDR Therapists. Please email referrals@moving-minds.org if you are interested in receiving EMDR Therapy or visit the Moving Minds website on www.moving-minds.org.

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