"Your past is just a story. And once you realise this, it has no power over you."
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is is an integrative psychotherapy used to treat trauma and help facilitate the brains' natural healing processes. It is founded on the premise that each individual has both an innate tendency to move toward health and wholeness, and the inner capacity to achieve it.
When distressing or traumatic events are experienced, the brain can become highly disorganised and overwhelmed and we are no longer able to process information in the same way we might otherwise. Whilst we may be able to understand experiences or the events that have happened on a cognitive or intellectual level, the memory can become held on a deeper, emotional and physiological level. This can result in intrusive thoughts, emotional disturbance, and negative self-referencing beliefs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
EMDR works by using bilateral sensory stimulation (eye movements, tapping, or sounds) to support adaptive information processing which facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration resulting in the alleviation of trauma-related symptoms, reduction or elimination of distress from the traumatic memory, a more adaptive, positive view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.
EMDR is recognised as treatment choice for trauma and PTSD by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the World Health Organisation, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defence.
There is a substantial and growing body of clinical research to support the effectiveness of EMDR therapy in treating addiction, anxiety disorders, attachment disorders, childhood trauma, depression, grief and loss, self esteem issues, chronic pain, and traits of borderline personality disorder.
To learn more about EMDR please visit:www.emdr.comwww.emdria.org
What is EMDR: youtu.be/YgO43kJKG18
Healing Trauma: youtu.be/_QJbCtr8bvA