At the Trauma Practice we recommend EMDR therapy to help desensitise anxiety related to traumatic memories. We use EMDR therapy as part of an integrated approach to treating trauma, and also use psychotherapy, cranio-sacral therapy and somatic stabilisation to reduce symptomatology and assist with building healthy coping mechanisms.
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy is a psychotherapy which enables people to recover from symptoms caused by a traumatic experience. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation in order to help people process and become desensitised to the trauma.
EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. Although EMDR therapy is the leading evidence-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), EMDR therapy can also be used to treat phobias and other anxiety disorders.
EMDR therapy does not rely on more traditional talk therapies, or medication but instead EMDR uses Rapid Eye Movement (REM) as the basis for treatment. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is a natural function of the body and occurs when we are in deep sleep. The body uses REM sleep to help it to process daily emotional experiences.
Dr Francine Shapiro, who developed the practice of EMDR therapy in 1989 found that only three 90-minute sessions of EMDR therapy could alleviate symptoms of PTSD in over 77% of the patients that she treated.
What is Bilateral Stimulation in EMDR therapy?
Bilateral stimulation in EMDR therapy includes the eyes which move from side to side during processing sessions, but bilateral stimulation can also take the form of taps to the knees, holding buzzers in each hand and audiological stimulation.
How can EMDR therapy help with PTSD?
When we experience a trauma, we may have difficulty integrating and processing the trauma into our everyday experience. It is the difficulty we have in integrating our experience that results in trauma or PTSD symptoms.
Unprocessed trauma can colour our experience of life and take us away from a point of balance and homeostasis. It could be likened to a splinter in the skin which prevents healing. Once the splinter is removed healing can begin. Trauma processing and desensitisation works in a similar way but instead of removing the trauma we are able to process and integrate our traumatic experience. This means that a person is no longer triggered when they remember it and natural healing can begin.
EMDR therapy identifies and helps us re-process the trauma experience by way of bilateral stimulation. It is this re-processing of the trauma that enables cognitions to become more adaptive and we become desensitised to the traumatic experience. This means that we can look back on a traumatic experience without being re-traumatised by it.
The key benefits of EMDR therapy
- EMDR therapy reduces the negative affect when reminded of the traumatic incident.
- EMDR therapy helps to reduce PTSD symptoms.
- EMDR therapy will enable you to feel grounded and connected again.
- EMDR therapy prepares the ground for further therapies in relation to other associated complaints including, trauma associated tinnitus, anxiety, stress, depression and addiction.
- EMDR therapy reduces negative cognitions in relation to the traumatic incident
- EMDR therapy reduces negative emotions and feelings
Please Contact Us to Book EMDR therapy
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