I have been trained in Emdr parts 1 & 2, by leading Consultant Psychologist and renowned EMDR trainer Sandi Richman. She was trained by the originator and developer of EMDR Dr. Helen Shapiro over 20 years ago.
What is EMDR?
It stands for eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing. Its a structered programme of therapy with protocals. It is an extensively researched and effective treatment for many psychological difficulties, including PTSD, OCD, panic disorder, phobias and other difficulties. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation and NICE due to its evidence based results and research. It is a highly effective therapy designed to help people recover from traumatic life events. It is best practice for treating PTSD and is also effective for many other difficulties. EMDR works by using bilateral eye movements or tapping to activate a distressing memory and bring it to a positive resolution. In the sessions, a memory or event is activated and bilateral stimulation is used to desensitize the experience so that it is no longer disturbing or easily triggered, it is also reprocessed so that it is now linked with new positive beliefs, emotions and thoughts. The role of EMDR is to process and refile trauma into the past and heal the past so we can be fully present.
How Does it Work?
High levels of emotional disturbance at the time of an experience can disrupt the natural information-processing system of the mind. Distressing experiences may become stored with the sensations, emotions and beliefs encoded during the original experience, frozen in time in its own neural network and unable to connect with other memory networks. These other memory networks hold adaptive information. Original perceptions from the time of the event can continue to be triggered resulting in maladaptive feelings, thoughts and behaviours as well as overt symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia and panic.
There are some helpful videos demonstrating EMDR on you tube. https://youtu.be/bIJZQAr9nQo
These childhood survival strategies include beliefs and feelings that are not appropriate in the adult world. For example, “I am not safe” or “ I am not good enough”. These memories retain their power because they have not been assimilated into adult adaptive neural networks. EMDR works with the neuroplasticity of the brain facilitating an organic healing process within the neural networks.The client now has present moment access to more appropriate and adaptive thoughts, feelings, and body sensations.