Effective with adults and children
Removing blocks and negative beliefs
These represent symptoms and not underlying causation
Help heal and change minds and bodily symptoms
Developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the 1980’s, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a well-respected and effective psychological science validated treatment. Shapiro’s core discovery in which she saw parallels to fully functional unrestricted REM sleep processing centered on the mind’s capacity, via eye movement, to process unresolved troubling images and feelings.
Our experiences are remembered in networks of interconnected neural patterns that can later create maladaptive ways of thinking and behaving. We may suffer from the arising symptoms of past unconscious events and experiences. This may be reflected in emotional blocks, phobias, even poor relationship choices. These represent symptoms and not underlying causation. Traumatic events and connected negative thoughts & feelings may become blocked, supressed from consciousness, resulting in unprocessed memories becoming trapped in the nervous system.
A considerable amount of case study research has been undertaken demonstrating the benefits of EMDR in treating psychological trauma for a wide-ranging number of conditions including war related experiences, natural disasters, bullying, childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse or neglect, surgical trauma, road traffic and workplace accidents. EMDR has been found to be effective with adults and children including working with blind, deaf and autistic client populations. EMDR has the potential in individual cases to help heal and change minds and bodily symptoms and can be effective for treatment of chronic pain and depression.
To date there has been fourteen controlled studies that support the idea that EMDR works well in the treatment of trauma. This makes EMDR the most thoroughly researched method every used for trauma work. In the most recent five studies, 84 – 90% of clients that had to cope with rape, combat, loss of a loved one, accidents or natural disasters, showed improvements in symptoms in post traumatic stress disorder in less than six sessions.
From its origins as a treatment for PTSD and trauma treatment it has evolved as an effective therapy in other life experiences involving negative learning outcomes and can be applied to help establish self-esteem, confidence and change core beliefs.
EMDR has been found to be effective in wide range of conditions including treatment of:
- Anger Management
- Eating Disorders
- Self Esteem
- Panic Attacks
- Pain Relief and Management
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Management of Type 2 Diabetes
Some of the Populations researched to be successfully treated with EMDR Therapy, include:
- Phobias (de Jongh, et al, 2002)
- Panic Disorder (Fernandez & Faretta, 2007)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Gauvreau & Bouchard, 2008)
- Depression (Hoffman, 2015)
- Attachment disorder (Zaccagnino & Cussino, 2014)
- Conduct problems and self-esteem (Soberman et al, 2002)
- Grief and mourning (Sprang, 2001; Solomon & rando, 2007)
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Brown, et al, 1997)
- Sexual Dysfunction (Wernik, 1993)
- Pedophilia (Ricci et al., 2006)
- Performance Anxiety (Barker & Barker, 2007)
- Psychotic Disorders (Van de Berg et al, 2015)
- Chronic Pain (Grant & Threlfo, 2002)
- Migraine Headaches (Marcus, 2008)
- Phantom Limb Pain (De Roos et al., 2010; Schneider et al, 2008)
- Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (Van Rood & de Roos, 2009)
- Acute Trauma in Children (Zagrout-Hodall, Alyssa & Dodgson, 2008)
While research confirms the effectiveness of EMDR, as with any specific treatments, it is not suitable for everyone. The detailed interview, history taking and assessment are essential prior protocols before treatment can proceed. An EMDR hand book and session log will be issued at the start of treatment to support your therapy.
The 8 Steps Procedures of EMDR Treatment, working with the past present and future protocols are designed to ensure the clients unprocessed emotions, thoughts and body reactions evolve safely into a healthy state.
It is generally recommended to complete a minimum of six consecutive 90 minute sessions, including client history, client assessment, preparation and resourcing phases. Ideally sessions of 90 minutes are recommended however practically in some cases clients can only commit to follow up to 60 minutes weekly. Due to the intensity of EMDR the shorter session may require a longer number of total session in certain cases.
EMDR may entail emotionally intense work and appropriate client self-care is essential. We recommend that no important appointments, tasks, activities including long working hours are scheduled by the client immediately after a treatment session.
EMDR can be useful in improving SPORTS PERFORMANCE, to enhance positive psychology, self-actualisation, competition preparation, psychological recovery from injury. In removing blocks and negative beliefs EMDR protocols have been developed and applied to business performance and creative arts performance.
EMDR therapy employs a bilateral dual attention stimulus which can involve all, or combinations of, eye movements, tactile, auditory simulation. EMDR draws from CBT, mindfulness techniques and requires detailed assessment and resourcing as part of therapy approach.