(Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
EMDR is a therapy which is becoming widely used and has increasing evidence to support it’s effectiveness with a range of difficulties. It was primarily used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but is now also used for anxiety disorders, chronic pain and a range of other problems.
EMDR works by using bilateral stimulation which essentially means stimulating both sides of the brain. This involves using eye movements or tapping. A common misconception of EMDR is that it is the same as hypnosis, but this is not the case. In EMDR, you will remain completely conscious and totally aware of what is happening. EMDR, along with CBT is used commonly in the NHS.
The aim of EMDR is to help process traumatic memories which can lead to difficulties in mental health. This then helps the memory to become much less distressing and feel like it is more in the past, therefore helping to alleviate symptoms associated with the distress.