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EMDR Therapy

EMDR is frequently used to treat PTSD. The NHS confidently incorporates this Psychosensory technique in its offerings though finding an appointment is still a challenge.

The 20 plus years of evidence-based research have shown it to be one of the more effective treatments for Post Traumatic Stress symptoms.

It is also often used to treat Panic Disorders and has been found to effectively treat more common mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, phobias, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

With the advancement of brain imaging and other techniques to understand the biochemical changes that occur within the brain, it is even easier to confirm it's efficacy.

What is EMDR?

A client is asked to recall the traumatic memory or limiting belief whilst the experienced therapist then gives instructions to follow eye movements laterally.

There are other elements that therapists will incorporate into the session, each designed to change the brain activity whilst recalling the memory.

Multiple Studies Prove The Positive Impact of EMDR

There have been more than 30 very positive controlled outcome studies on EMDR as a therapy. A number of those studies show an 84-90% of trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress symptoms after just a few extended sessions.

Accepted As Significantly Effective By Global Organisations

Due to a large number of studies, EMDR is accepted by many organisations. The NHS in the UK, Psychiatric Profession UK, American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense.

A study saw 100% of single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. This study was funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente

The Benefits of EMDR

The benefits of EMDR are clear and not dissimilar to those experienced by Havening, Tapping, Hypnotherapy & NLP clients.

  • PTSD is confidently treated with many studies to back EMDR as the main treatment.

  • EMDR can be used in conjunction with other psychosensory and hypnotherapy techniques.

  • Eye Movement is also used in Havening to elicit brain changes and swifter recovery from trauma.

  • EMDR protocols require you to break up the memory recall thus limiting the discomfort.

  • Traumatic memories are worked through until the remaining anxiety is dissolved.

  • Continued research reveals the technique is effective in other mood disorders, stress and limiting beliefs.

  • Once learned, there are strands of use you can take away as a practical self-help tool.

  • EMDR is classed as a 'rapid change technique'.


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