EMDR is a psychological treatment used for processing distressing issues it is widely used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic memories.

Sometimes it is clear that a traumatic event has been the start of someone’s troubles. But often the triggering traumatic event is not clear, or it may be multiple less severe events that are experienced and as a result of this we internalised negative beliefs about ourself or the world, start to adapt our behaviour and adopt unhelpful coping strategies.   A person who has experienced some form of trauma is likely to feel hypervigilant, alert to the possibility of danger all the time. They often try not to think about the trauma, and may feel quite cut off from the world, possibly being disassociated and avoiding things or places that remind them of their trauma.

A disturbing event is usually processed by our minds and over time will become something that happened in the past. But sometimes the event gets ‘locked into’ our memory, complete with the original images, thoughts, feelings and sensations. EMDR stimulates the brain to work through these blocked memories. When they have been processed, they lose their power to distress becoming more distant and all symptoms ease.

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