Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) has been developed to work with psychological trauma, but it has a growing evidence base and it is now being used to successfully treat individuals with difficulties, such as depression, OCD, phobias, addiction and eating disorders.
How does EMDR treatment help?
EMDR focuses on the specific traumatic memories and the beliefs related to these traumas. By using eye movements, it "unlocks" the negative memories and emotions and it helps the brain process the experience so that they no longer trouble you.
What happens in EMDR Therapy?
EMDR can feel a little different at the start, but this is entirely normal. This treatment asks you to bring the very images, memories, etc. that are troubling you. This typically would be an unpleasant image, memory or negative belief related to your traumatic event or situation. Once these images/ memories have been evoked, you would be asked to move your eyes side-to-side for several seconds. Afterwards, you will have a brief discussion about what was brought up during the exercise. Whatever came up can then be used for another exposure exercise. This cycle continues until distress has reduced.
EMDR with Fox Psychological Services
John and Kelly are both trained in EMDR and we have used it for a variety of traumas, such as survivors of burn accidents and road traffic accidents. We have seen how it can lead to significant reductions in flashbacks, nightmares and other trauma symptoms. With Fox Psychological Services, we would undertake an assessment of what has led you to come to therapy and to consider whether EMDR is the right treatment for you. A part of this decision process is to consider the evidence for treatment and EMDR is now a recommended therapy in the NICE guidelines for trauma and PTSD. Where EMDR works, it has an impact quite quickly and some of the EMDR protocols appear to have a significant effect on individuals who have previously appeared 'stuck' and treatment has not been successful in the past. EMDR is only one treatment out of a number that we can offer at Fox Psychological Services, so if it doesn't sound right for you, please remember there are other therapy treatments we offer that may be more suitable for you. We can discuss this within your free 30-minute telephone conversation and at your assessment appointment.