Grey Matters Centre
What is EMDR
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a powerful psychological treatment that was developed by a clinical psychologist Dr Francine Shiparo.
EMDR is used in treating psychological trauma from experiences such as:
Childhood trauma or neglect, natural disasters, road traffic accidents, assault, rape, domestic abuse etc. It can also be used for anxiety disorders, attachment issues and chronic pain.
Trauma and the brain
When we suffer trauma it usually results in strong emotions which overwhelm our brain. This overwhelm stops our brain processing normally so it leaves the memory unprocessed.
Normally an experience would go through a part of our brain called the hippocampus. This part of the brain processes the experience so it can be filed away as a memory. If this doesn’t happen the experience gets stuck in the nervous system.
The stuck memory can get triggered and is experienced as if it is happening in the present, with all the emotions and sensations that go with it. This accounts for: flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and nightmares that are a common theme of PTSD.
What does EMDR do?
EMDR helps to reprocess and heals traumatic memories by imitating what the brain does naturally In Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. The memory can then be remembered without the emotions and sensations along with it. EMDR can accelerate the healing process and the effects are long lasting.
After the sessions you may find you are very emotional or exhausted. In the following days you may feel sad, depressed and have nightmares. This is perfectly normal and it means your brain is still processing memories.
Length of the sessions
Before the eye movements part of EMDR can begin we work on building resources within yourself, as we need you to be able to emotionally regulate whilst we do the trauma work. These sessions are the normal therapy hour in length, unless you would like to discuss other options.
Whilst the tapping or eye movements take place we need longer sessions, so these can be 90 minutes or 120 minutes long.
The amount of sessions needed is dependant upon the complexity of your problems. With longstanding issues EMDR may take multiple sessions.
Frequently EMDR is only used as part of your overall therapy journey, to help you reach your treatment goals.
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EMDR is recommended for the treatment of PTSD in 16 national and international guidelines including the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).