Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro which uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to purportedly assist clients in processing distressing memories and beliefs.  It is commonly used for the treatment of certain mental health disorders, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The theory behind the treatment assumes that when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal coping mechanisms, with the memory and associated stimuli being inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network.

About Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is highly effective treatment for trauma which helps individuals move on from traumatic events.  This approach is also effective for chronic pain, anxiety and depression.

EMDR therapy is one of the most significant, exciting and innovative developments for decades in the treatment of psychological trauma related conditions.  Supported by extensive research.  Recommended for the treatment of PTSD in national and international guidelines including the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Typically, sessions last 60 – 90 minutes and the amount of sessions can range anywhere between 1 – 20 sessions depending on a person’s difficulties.

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