EMDR

Dr Jo Nowill, Samantha Lindley and Andy Flack offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is an information processing psychotherapy. EMDR integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic approaches in combination with eye movements, or other forms of rhythmical stimulation, in ways that stimulate the brain’s information processing system. EMDR was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories.

The approach was developed by Francine Shapiro to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders resulting from exposure to traumatic or distressing events. Clinical trials have demonstrated EMDR’s efficacy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends the use of EMDR for PTSD.

Treatment

There are 8 phases of treatment:

  1. the history and treatment planning
  2. preparation
  3. assessment and reprocessing
  4. desensitisation
  5. installation
  6. body scan
  7. closure
  8. re-evaluation

For a full description of these stages please follow this link:
www.emdrnetwork.org/description.html

Key Benefits

EMDR often resolves emotional disturbances
and trauma where other therapies have failed.

  • EMDR is effective for most anxiety based disorders.
  • EMDR should not be confused with hypnotherapy.
  • EMDR is a client led therapy and always remains within the control of the client.
  • EMDR is capable of rapid results.

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