Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)


EMDR is an evidence based clinical treatment. It can help people overcome psychological difficulties which may stem from traumatic experience. This can include adult or childhood abuse or neglect, violence or road traffic accidents. EMDR can also be used to manage pain, which may or may not stem from an injury.

EMDR has a scientific evidence base for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). References – (NICE Guidance CG26, 2015). www.nice.org.uk www.emdr-europe.org

EMDR can also be effective in treating other issues. This can include anxiety disorders (stress, anxiety or depression), performance anxiety, self-belief and phobias.

Generally, people process trauma naturally. However, this can be affected by repeat distress or severe trauma. In these cases, the mind can become overloaded and the original memory is stored in its “raw” state. This includes the associated thoughts, negative self-beliefs and emotions. As such, current experiences can trigger unhelpful past disturbances.

EMDR treatment uses a series of standardised protocols and procedures in conjunction with bilateral sensory stimulation. This can incorporate repeat eye movements, auditory cues or tactile stimuli.

EMDR enables the brain to heal psychological problems. As such, EMDR can be a rapid technique for recovery and change.