Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach proven to be an effective and rapid treatment for trauma. Traumatic events include experiences such as:

  • being involved in a car accident

  • physical or sexual assault

  • childhood abuse

  • Earthquakes

  • bank robberies

       and so on

Traumatic memories may also be linked to:

  • personal humiliations

  • major disappointments

  • Betrayals

  • Bereavement

Numerous controlled studies have recognized EMDR as a highly effective approach to trauma therapy, as well as in the treatment of other emotional disorders, including:

  • panic attacks

  • phobias

  • generalized anxiety disorder

  • excessive grief reaction

  • depression

  • physical pain

  • performance anxiety

When a person experiences a traumatic event, it may feel too overwhelming and distressing which makes it difficult to process the information in the usual way.  The memory becomes frozen in the brain along with all the original thoughts, emotions, beliefs, body sensations and even sounds, smells, and tastes. When the memory is triggered, unpleasant feelings and distress are triggered too, often reported as feeling like a ‘flashback’ or reliving the experience.

EMDR enables the brain to process the trauma in an accelerated safe way using alternating eye movements, hand tapping or sounds. The original traumatic experience becomes transformed into a new, adaptive, and less emotionally charged memory that is firmly in the past.  Following successful processing, the memory becomes like all other memories and the person no longer re-experiences the images, sounds, smells, and intense emotions when they recall it.  So, whilst EMDR does not remove any memories or help you to forget, what it can do for you is remove/reduce the fear and bodily sensations that were associated with them, enabling you to let go and reclaim your life.