Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an
extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help
people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research
supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful
treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain,
addictions, and other distressing life experiences.
The EMDR approach believes past emotionally-charged experiences are
overly influencing your present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about yourself.
EMDR processing helps you break through the emotional blocks that are
keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life.
EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements to help you update disturbing
experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep, we
alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This
sleep pattern helps you process things that are troubling you.
EMDR replicates this sleep pattern by alternating between sets of eye
movements and brief reports about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you update your memories to a healthier present perspective.
After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, affective distress is
relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is
What is different about EMDR?
EMDR focuses on the brain’s ability to constantly learn, taking past
experiences, and updating them with present information.
Adaptive learning is constantly updating memory network systems.
Past emotionally-charged experiences often interfere with your updating
EMDR breaks through that interference and helps let go of the past and
update your experiences to a healthier present perspective.
EMDR uses a set of procedures to organise your negative and positive
feelings, emotions, and thoughts, and then uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or alternating tapping, as the way to help you
effectively work through those disturbing memories.