Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (widely known as EMDR) is a type of therapy that is commonly used to help manage distressing symptoms associated with experiencing traumatic events.
Traumatic events can overwhelm the body’s natural coping mechanisms, which means the memory of the event is not fully processed. EMDR can help process these memories by reducing their severity and promoting healthy coping strategies.
While EMDR was originally developed to address posttraumatic stress symptoms from trauma experienced in childhood or adulthood, it is increasingly being used in the treatment of anxiety, depression, phobias and low self-esteem. EMDR has since been recommended for use by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.
At CCATS, a number of our staff are trained and have experience in delivering EMDR therapy. EMDR treatment consists of eight phases, lasting approximately eight to 12 sessions, depending on your individual needs.
During the initial sessions, your therapist will ask you about the distress you are currently experiencing and explain the process of EMDR to you. Our therapists our trained in supporting those dealing with the effects of trauma, and you do not have to disclose anything you are not comfortable doing so. A typical EMDR session may involve relaxation exercises and work on coping strategies before targeting specific memories.