What can EMDR help to heal?
- Diagnosed PTSD
- Terrorist incidents
- Workplace bullying
- Relationship problems
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was initially used to help clients suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) although it is currently used in a much wider field.
EMDR is a therapy that uses bilateral stimulation of the eyes, or tapping, or sound, to help process traumatic memories. The theory is that the trauma is stored in the part of the brain where it struggles to process the event. This often becomes painful and overwhelming to think about…it feels like the incident has become stuck or frozen in time. EMDR is the process of moving the trauma to the part of the brain where it can be stored safely as a memory. The brain then can begin the natural process of healing in terms of mental well-being.
An EMDR session is led by a therapist and the client is given the tools to process the event. The therapist doesn’t need to know all of the details of the trauma but the session will require the client to bring up the memories of the trauma. The therapist will ask about what thoughts are coming up in the mind as the session takes place. EMDR is always led by the client and they always have the control to halt, or pause, the session at certain points if the subject is causing distress.