What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.

It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.

The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

What conditions can be treated with EMDR?

EMDR can treat Panic attacks, Complicated grief, Dissociation, Disturbing memories, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Phobias, Pain Disorders, Eating Disorders, Childhood sexual and many other abuses, Performance Anxiety, OCD, Cancer fears, Stress reduction, Overwhelming grief, Shock and assaults on mental well-being, Addictions, Compulsive behaviours, Sexual and Physical Abuses, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, OCD, Personality Disorders, Anxiety, Tension, Stress, Terrorist attacks and many more.

Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment process, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy.

There is an EMDR trained and experience Kairos Centre Team member available to you.

Training skills includes in:

  • The Flash Technique (for lowering high level emotions within minutes)
  • Recent-Trauma Episode (R-TEP)
  • Group-Trauma Episode (G-TEP)
  • Connecting Urge (to repeat the behaviours), with consequences – so the brain can link urge & consequence and heal.

A client’s account of EMDR treatment.

“I really wasn’t sure what to expect, indeed the therapist told me not to expect anything but to just “go with it” – not the most reassuring words to someone like me who likes to “know”. It didn’t feel like much – actually rather boring just watching this dot and listening to the monotonous noise, then all of a sudden 3-4 sessions in something strange happened. I really don’t know what it was but it was calm, unannounced and enlightening. No bolt of lightning, no sudden “realisation” just a growing feeling of wellness.

We all have that drawer or box full of old cables, phone chargers, extension leads,and cables. It’s always such a mess and we keep promising ourselves that next weekend we will organise it. It’s a real birds nest of tangles, wire and disorganisation. Well somehow that drawer that was in my head of disorganised tangle organised itself. Everything was neat and tidy, all rolled up, easy to see, to separate and to distinguish. No more mess, no more clutter, no more headache. The dot and noise had somehow (and I don’t know how) done its job.

Things were, are, and remain; clearer.

Mad but it worked.”

Mark, Bath

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