The Brentwood Clinic of Complementary Medicine
My name is Carol Finney. I'm a Cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, and an EMDR practitioner.
Eye Move Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
What is EMDR?
When our brain takes in new information, it is stored in the brain for retrieval at a later date. Our mind has the ability to naturally heal itself during sleep, particularly when “rapid eye movement (REM) happens. When something disturbing occurs ie you are a passenger in car accident, the natural mechanism that manages these memories is unable to cope. These memories are left unprocessed.This results in emotions being triggered ie fear, anger, or despondency. It can feel as though the whole incident is happening again.
What happens in an EMDR session?
The therapist uses their hand or a moving light to create eye movements similar to those that occur when you are asleep. Over several sessions, disturbing memories are reprocessed and the threat of them eventually reduces. You are awake all the time and helping your mind to naturally heal the trauma. Sessions are 60-90mins.
What can EMDR be used for?
It was originally developed in America to help soldiers suffering “post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is now used to treat anxiety, complicated grief, depression, panic, performance anxiety, stress, and self esteem problems.
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