Proven to be effective in releasing emotions from past events, either one-off or cumulative trauma
What is it?
When some people experience psychological trauma or where trauma is very severe, it can lead to a neurological imbalance whereby information acquired at the time of trauma (sights, sounds, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions) is held in a non-processed state. The information can continue to be triggered by a variety of external and internal stimuli, expressed in fears, intrusive thoughts, nightmares and flashbacks.
EMDR is a powerful psychotherapy method which comes within the category of ‘pattern interruption’ techniques and can be effective in reprocessing disturbing memories and bringing them to a therapeutic resolution.
What conditions is it helpful for?
Especially helpful for PTSD but also beneficial for a number of other conditions including:
- Trauma of any kind, including singular and cumulative events
- Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Depression caused by specific incidents
- Phobias and fears caused by a traumatic experience
- Effects of substance abuse
Does it work?
A number of controlled studies have proven the effectiveness of the method in relation to helping to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions. It is recognised as an effective treatment by both the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
EMDR is not recommended for people with dissociative or personality disorders.