Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences.
EMDR is thought to imitate the psychological state that we enter when in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Studies show that when in REM sleep we are able to make new associations between things very rapidly. EMDR is designed to tap into this high-speed processing mode that we all have, but usually do not have access to (73).
The technique has three components:
* exposure using imagined images of the traumatic events,
* a cognitive component to replace negative thoughts associated with the images with positive ones,
* saccadic rapid side-to-side eye movements following the therapist's finger to assists in the “processing” of the cognitions associated with the traumatic events (Shapiro).
It is recommended for PTSD.
If you require help and advice Counselling and Psychotherapy may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.