Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a technique used by mental health therapists that is designed to help sufferers of trauma:
- process their traumatic experience.
- reduce unnecessary hyper-vigilance.
- integrate their traumatic experience into their life narrative, leaving residual fight/flight symptoms and negative beliefs behind.
Who and what is it for?
EMDR is for individuals suffering due to:
- Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (cPTSD = multiple events)
- PTSD (single events)
- low self-esteem
- some anxieties
EMDR Briefly Explained
Typically, many of us will experience single, or multiple, traumatic events at some stage in our lifetime; for many these will become processed naturally over time, no longer impacting on sleep, moods, diet, work, or relationships. For others, however, the effects can become symptomatic and interfere with everyday life. Some examples of this are by way of:
- ‘flashbacks’ that cause heightened states of emotions
- anger or irritability
- inability to function in all the usual environments
- avoidance strategies
- excessive eating, alcohol consumption and/or working
How do I know if I could benefit from EMDR?
Contact me, Bob Brotchie, to find out if EMDR is for you.