Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a based evidence therapy designed to treat transmute negative experiences caused by trauma and posttraumatic stress, into adaptive learning experiences.
What is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)?
How does Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) work?
EMDR deals with the dysfunctional nature of traumatic memories, negative feelings and beliefs. The model targets the components of the traumatic memory-picture, cognition, affect, physical sensation. The challenging issues that client’s present are caused by disturbing information stored in memory in the brain. When a trauma occurs, it appears to get locked in the brain and often get triggered by a variety of reminders and is responsible for their frequent feelings of helplessness, fear and so forth. This disturbing information is frozen in time, isolated in its neural network, and stored in its originally disturbing state-specific form. Such an imbalance between past and present prevents adequate processing whereas traumatic experiences become dissociated and blocked in the memory system.
EMDR is compatible with other therapies and is a structured therapy which consists of eight essential phases. The number of sessions devoted to each phase and the number of phases included in each session vary greatly from client to client. Sessions may range between 2 and 12 sessions, depending on the presenting challenge.