Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress they experience following a traumatic life experience. It was initially developed in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, PhD, an American psychologist, for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Repeated studies show that the use of EMDR can significantly reduce the time people are in therapy, with people experiencing the benefits from treatment that would previously have taken years to achieve in psychotherapy.
How EMDR works:
EMDR sessions are completed in a safe and comfortable environment at a pace that you are comfortable with. During an EMDR session we will ask you to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, at the same time recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, images or memories the arise. The therapist then holds their fingers about 20 inches from your face and begins to move them back and forth. You will then be asked to track the movements and follow the therapist’s finger with your eyes. Sometimes instead of using our fingers we may choose to ask you to follow a light as it moves back and forth across a bar, use auditory sounds or tapping (you will be asked to place your hands on your knees and close your eyes and the therapist will gently tap you on your hands) some clients prefer these alternative methods. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.
Sessions are usually around 90 minutes long.