Distressing events and situations may have long-term consequences, which EMDR therapy aims to negate. Memories of these events cause a range of problems, such as anxiety in situations that don’t require it, and distress in otherwise comfortable places. As a fully qualified psychotherapist in Bridgend, I provide helpful services throughout Neath, Port Talbot, and Cardiff. If you have any problems, simply give me call to discuss your options.
I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.
The following infomation is taken from EMDR UK and Ireland Association.
EMDR is an acronym for ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in 1989.
When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. The distressing memory seems to become frozen on a neurological level. When a person recalls the distressing memory, the person can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted, or felt, and this can be quite intense. Sometimes the memories are so distressing; the person tries to avoid thinking about the distressing event to avoid experiencing the distressing feelings.
Some find that the distressing memories come to mind when something reminds them of the distressing event, or sometimes the memories just seem to just pop into mind. The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds, or taps during EMDR, seems to stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system.
In the process, the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity, so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like ‘ordinary’ memories. The effect is believed to be like that which occurs naturally during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes rapidly move from side to side. EMDR helps to reduce the distress of different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt, or thought. More details are available here.