Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Who is EMDR for?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy, commonly referred to as “EMDR”, is a type of therapy predominantly used to help people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
How Does EMDR Work?
What the Research into EMDR Says
Research suggests the use of EMDR in patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 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 Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy 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.
More Reading on this Subject
For more information, see The Counselling Directory – EMDR
All of our Therapists offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy.