What is EMDR?
If you are struggling with Trauma, Abuse, bullying, depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Witnessed or experienced something traumatic such as a car accident or violent crime or suddenly lost a love one, then EMDR may be able to help you.
When a person experiences something traumatic, often they may feel overwhelmed. When our brain’s are overwhelmed by our circumstances they don’t fully process what is going on. This can mean that the memory of an event may get “stuck” in a person’s mind this memory can stay very vivid and intense. The person feels like they are reliving the experience and the distress they felt at the time, over and over again. It’s like a person has become stuck reading the same page in book over and over and they aren’t able to turn the page.
EMDR helps the person to turn the page, unstick the memory and reprocess what happened so it isn’t as intense. It also helps the person to reduce the emotional impact of the memory, so that when they do think about it the feelings are not as intense and strong.
For more information about EMDR and how it works please have a look at my blog here. Alternatively, you can find out more about this method of Therapy by visiting this NHS page: www.nhs.uk/conditions/ptsd/treatment/
EMDR is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the World Health Organisation (WHO), which also recognises it as an effective treatment for children. EMDR is also a recognised IAPT Treatment and is recommended by the NHS for clients with PTSD or who have experienced trauma. It is also recommended and used by the Ministry of Defence to help service personnel with PTSD.
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Paul Carter is and Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing practitioner as well as a counsellor, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.