Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EDMR)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is predominantly used to help people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

How It Works?

EMDR is a therapy that was developed initially for the treatment of trauma and combines exposure based therapy with a back and forwards movement of the eyes induced by the therapists moving finger.

When someone experiences a traumatic event their brain does not process and store the situation as it usually would, that is, as a memory that when triggered is easily and reassuringly identified as just a memory.  Instead the trauma is processed and stored in a way that when triggered, makes it hard to distinguish from reality, that is, the memory is accompanied by all the sensory information that was present when it the event actually occurred making it feel as if it is once again actually happening.

EMDR seeks to relieve the psychological stress caused by reliving a traumatic memory by helping you to reprocess and store the event in a usual way that will allow it to feel like a memory when it is triggered and eventually, like other memories, begin to fade.

 

A Recent Testimonial

“I would just like to say a big thank you for everything you have done for me.  When I came into therapy I had no idea in what way it could help, in the past I thought honesty was the answer to all and since I had already achieved that I was unsure how therapy would work for me.  I never thought it would be so, but I honestly believe that having a fuller comprehension of myself has really helped me come to terms, understand and be at peace with myself.  I feel much more grounded and in no way out of control”.
Philippa - Marylebone

What Does the Research Say?

Research suggests the use of EMDR in patients with PTSD results in rapid recovery time compared to some other psychotherapies.  Additionally, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognises EMDR and Trauma-focused CBT as treatments of choice for PTSD.

Numerous control studies show that EMDR is better than no therapy in the case of trauma but no research study has yet to show that it is better than exposure based therapies (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).  Recent research has shown that whilst EMDR leads to quicker decrease in symptoms than trauma-focused CBT, the post-treatment symptoms of patients is equal for both treatments.

Although some supporters of EMDR therapy have suggested that it can also help those problems other than PTSD such as Anxiety, Abuse and Sleep Problems or Insomnia, there is currently no evidence to support this recommendation.

Further Reading

For more information, see The Counselling Directory – EMDR

Recommended Books:

EMDR: The Breakthrough “Eye Movement” Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma by Francine Shapiro

Fees

Prices can be found on our Fees Page. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to call 0800 002 9068 or fill out a contact form.

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Psychologists

All of our Psychologists offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EDMR) counselling, click here to view the team.