Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Counsellor and Trauma Specialist

EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

THE BASIC PRINCIPLE OF EMDR IS THAT BASIC HEALTH RESIDES IN ALL OF US. WHAT EMDR DOES IS REMOVE BLOCKAGES CAUSED BY NEGATIVE IMAGES, BELIEFS AND BODY SENSATIONS ALLOWING ONE’S NATURAL STATE OF WELL-BEING AND EMOTIONAL BALANCE TO COME THROUGH.


Once hailed as the most important method to emerge in psychotherapy in decades, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) has successfully treated psychological problems and illnesses from depression, phobias and recurrent nightmares to post traumatic stress and grief in millions of sufferers world wide, and with a rapidity that cannot be achieved with most traditional therapies. Although effective with a range of problems it has shown to be most effective in the treatment of post traumatic stress. EMDR is also effective in achieving performance enhancement.

What is Traumatic Stress?

What do we mean by the word ‘trauma’? Is it ‘traumatic’ to be in a near fatal car accident? To see a person robbed and beaten? To be locked out of your car in a lightning storm? To find out that you need surgery? When psychotherapists talk about trauma they are generally referring to events that would be upsetting to nearly everyone and that involve a reaction of fear, helplessness or terror.

Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that events are somehow unimportant if they do not meet this standard. But many events can be disturbing because of their personal significance, such as overhearing a passing remark that you are unattractive, getting a failed grade in an exam, being turned down for a job, being bullied or being made redundant from work. Dr Francine Shapiro, the originator of EMDR, describes two types of traumas, which she calls ‘small t’ traumas and major or ‘big T’ traumas.

Regardless of whether the ‘t’ is big or small, the effect on a person can serve to give one a lesser sense of self-confidence and assault one’s sense of personal strength. Like a constant filter, they cause one to develop narrow and limiting views of one’s self and the world, keeping one from living life to the full, and cause unneccessary suffering.