EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a fairly recent trauma therapy developed in 1987 by clinical psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro. It has since been found to be successful treating other issues.
WHAT IS EMDR?
When we are sleep there is period known as the REM, rapid eye movement. This is where memories may be filed neatly away. But when we have a suffered a trauma it can be as if fragments of the event are stuck or frozen in time for us and stay with us. We can be reminded of the original event that caused the trauma by everyday triggers, like a car back firing, a movie, a piece of music, a smell. The trauma though is not just reflected cognitively in our heads it is also be stored in the body maybe as tension or pain.
EMDR is an 8-step process that includes a method that simulates REM (rapid eye movement) This can help to re-file those difficult bits of memory and ease the upsetting emotions.
WHAT CAN IT HELP TREAT?
- Exam nerves
- Fear and panic attacks
- Pain syndromes
- Performance blocks
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (e.g. from an accident, sexual assault, death of a loved one, separation, loss of employment, retirement, bullying)
- Self-esteem issues
- Sleeping disorders
- Stress management
- Undesired behavioural patterns