Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
activate your brain's natural healing, reduce emotional intensity, and find relief from conditions like PTSD, anxiety, depression, and phobias.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a type of psychotherapy that was originally developed to help people recover from traumatic events. It is a structured therapy that involves the use of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation (such as tapping or sounds) to help you process traumatic memories and emotions.
The basic premise of EMDR therapy is that traumatic experiences can become "stuck" in a person's memory and continue to cause distress and symptoms long after the event has passed. By using bilateral stimulation, EMDR therapy aims to activate your brain's natural healing processes and to help you reprocess traumatic memories in a way that reduces emotional intensity associated to these memories.
EMDR therapy typically involves several phases, including a thorough assessment, preparation, desensitisation, installation, and closure. During the desensitisation phase, I help you recall a traumatic memory while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation. This process is repeated until the emotional intensity of the memory is reduced.
EMDR therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and phobias. It is considered a relatively short-term therapy, with most clients experiencing significant improvement within 12 sessions or less (Although length of this type of therapy can be longer, and this usually depends on what the client’s goals/needs are).