What is Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)?
Sometimes, when we experience something traumatic, the memory of that experience can have a lasting impact on us. In the case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the memory can very vividly return to us, causing us to feel as though we are back there and the experience is happening to us all over again, which is very frightening. These intrusive memories can take the form of ‘flashbacks’ or very distressing nightmares.
Although we can not ‘delete’ these memories entirely, EMDR allows us to alter the way they are stored in the brain so that if and when we recall them, they do not bring such intense emotions with them.
EMDR can also be helpful for a range of other issues , including:
The aims of EMDR is to:
Reduce the intensity and frequency of trauma memories.
Help you feel more able to cope with and manage trauma memories without needing to avoid triggers.
Help you feel more able to engage in and enjoy pleasurable activities and relationships.
Reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, irritation and hypervigilance – allowing you to rest well, address pressure and/or conflict and go about your daily business without feeling fearful and prone to panic.
Reduce feelings of isolation, hopelessness and depression.
A boost in self-confidence and self-esteem
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