Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) in London

There are many ways of processing traumatic memories. We are here to help you find the best way.

Our brains naturally process trauma – especially trauma from childhood – in complicated ways, sometimes even attempting to repress memories of it entirely. In order to stop this past trauma from affecting our lives, we need to reprogram our brains to deal with it differently.

What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (also known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Rapid Eye Movement Therapy or EMDR) is a technique which is mainly used to help victims of trauma, many of whom have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Anything from childhood sexual abuse or witnessing a death to painful memories from a break-up or dealing with dismissal from a job can be treated using EMDR. EMDR helps to dilute the negative emotions around a past trauma, preventing you from reliving the trauma with such intensity and allows you to focus more on enjoying the positive things in your life at the moment. It can also be used to treat disorders like body dysmorphia and phobias, which are less directly associated with past trauma but often have some form of a link to it.

What does an eye movement therapist do?

An eye movement therapist will first talk through the memory or memories causing you distress, identifying exactly what happened and how remembering it makes you feel. They will then use relaxation techniques to prepare you for the session before asking you to visualise the traumatic memory or memories, and then consider how it makes you feel. Using a light to direct a series of bilateral eye movements (sometimes accompanied by taps or other sounds) which are designed to affect the brain’s processing patterns, the therapist will then ask you to focus on the memory again and describe how you feel after each set of eye movements. Once you are feeling more positive, the therapist will close the session with further relaxation exercises.

How can Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing help me?

If more traditional talking therapies have failed to impact on your reaction to memories of your trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing may well help. In cases, where talking over a memory can become too much, EMDR offers an alternative which relies less on describing a memory and more on practical exercises designed to remove power from the memory and make it easier to deal with when it strays into your mind.

How long does Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing take?

The number of EMDR sessions that a client needs depends entirely on the nature of their trauma, how many separate traumas are being addressed and the client’s ability to focus during sessions. You may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable performing the eye movements at first – this is perfectly natural and should pass after a few weeks of treatment. Our experienced online EMDR practitioners at Online Therapy Clinic will do their best to ensure you feel as relaxed as possible during a session.

Is Online Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing effective?

EMDR has been shown to be very effective in treating patients with traumatic memories, particularly those in whom full-blown PTSD has been diagnosed. It is thought to be so effective because it replicates the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase of sleep, which is when we dream and thus form vivid images in our subconscious mind.

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