EMDR is a powerful and evidence-based therapeutic approach that has proven effective in treating various forms of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, EMDR is recognised by organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and NICE as a recommended treatment for trauma-related conditions.
How does EMDR work?
The EMDR process typically involves several structured phases. Initially, you and I will collaboratively explore specific memories or events that have caused distress. These could be related to past trauma, anxiety or other challenging experiences. Rather than solely discussing these events at length, EMDR integrates bilateral stimulation, such as guided eye movements or tactile sensations.
These bilateral stimulations serve as a catalyst for your brain to reprocess the memories. During EMDR sessions, you’ll focus on these targeted memories while engaging in these rhythmic stimulations. This process helps your brain form new connections and associations, allowing you to see these memories from a more balanced perspective.
Over time, clients often find that the emotional charge associated with these memories diminishes. What once caused intense distress may become less overwhelming, and you may experience a greater sense of emotional resolution.