EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
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EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing – A powerful method for performing psychotherapy. Developed in the late 1980s it was observed that eye movements can control and reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts under various conditions.
With development and contribution to the standards over the years, a vast amount of clinical studies and trials have shown EMDR to offer very high success rates. And in the past 10 years an estimated half million+ people have found relief from traumatic stress and a variety of other psychological conditions through EMDR treatments.
How does EMDR work?
It is still unclear exactly how EMDR works but scientists and psychologist have developed many theories to explain the great success rates and extraordinary effectiveness of EMDR.
We do know that when a person is distressed or upset, their brain cannot process information as it does normally. Disturbing memories and thoughts can become entrenched within the mind, causing lasting negative effects on the way the patient sees and interacts with the world.
EMDR has a direct effect on brain function with the side effect of resuming normal information process, bypassing negative patterns within the brain and providing a mechanism for relief and recovery.
Of course all types of psychotherapy have similar goals, but the unique value of EMDR comes from the relaxed state that is induced – which appears to be similar to the state that occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically-based therapy that helps a person remember and react to distressing memories and experiences in a new and more positive manner.
How effective is EMDR?
Many scientific studies have now shown that EMDR is highly effective for the majority of individuals. The prestigious Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology published research by Wilson, Becker, and Tinker in December 1995.
This study of 80 subjects with post-traumatic stress demonstrated that clients improved significantly with EMDR treatment, and further study showed that this beneficial effect was maintained for at least 15 months.
The findings from this and other studies indicate that EMDR is highly effective and that results are long lasting.
What to expect from EMDR
After an introduction and a quick chat you will be led gently into a state of deep relaxation which in itself is very beneficial. Once in this state of deep relaxation your awareness and senses are heightened and you become more reflective of past events. You may notice small eye movements or slight muscle spasms which are normal.
Usually treatments occur weekly, but can be less frequent if required. Results can be dramatic requiring just one or two sessions, whilst more complex conditions will require more sessions. Each session lasts around 1 hour 15minutes, with the exception of smoking treatments which usually only require one session lasting two and a half hours.
How many sessions are you likely to require?
It would be unethical to recommend a course of treatment as the number of sessions is especially tailored to your particular needs. You may only require one session or may require several, everyone is different
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