What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro that emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of current issues. It is generally used to help the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other types of trauma as well as anxiety and panic. The goal of EMDR is to reduce the long-lasting effects of distressing memories by developing more adaptive coping mechanisms. Sessions last up to 1 hour and are generally weekly or fortnightly.
How can this help me?
EMDR has been shown to be helpful in resolving many kinds of trauma and anxiety based symptoms including intrusive thoughts, panic, phobias, painful sensations, and emotional distress including excessive guilt, anger, grief and fear, recurring nightmares and such behavioural symptoms as avoiding formerly enjoyable activities.
Many adult, adolescent, and child survivors of single incident traumas, multiple traumas, and of childhood abuse have responded positively to EMDR treatment. Victims of crime, combat veterans, and survivors of disasters have all benefited from EMDR treatment.