Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing 


Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) appears to approach psychological issues in an unusual way. It does not rely on talk therapy or medications. Instead, EMDR uses a natural function of the body, Rapid Eye Movement (REM), as its basis and Dr. Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, found that just 3 x 90 minute sessions could alleviate symptoms of PTSD in more than 77% of the patients she treated.

The human mind uses REM (random eye movement) during sleep time to help it process daily emotional experiences and when trauma is extreme, this process breaks down and REM sleep doesn't bring the usual relief from distress. The EMDR process is thought to produce an advanced stage of the REM processing. As the brain, via the eye-movement, processes troubling images and feelings, resolution of the issue can be achieved by dampening the power of emotionally charged memories.



EMDR therapy is not limited to simply taking symptoms away. It addresses the past, present and future. The goal is to allow the person to achieve a complete state of emotional health. It has also been used to help athletes, performers and executives to achieve a state of "peak performance."



Your therapist will move his or her fingers back and forth in front of your face and ask you to follow these hand motions with your eyes. At the same time, the EMDR therapist will have you recall a disturbing event. This will include the emotions and body sensations that go along with it.

Gradually, the therapist will guide you to shift your thoughts to more pleasant ones. Some therapists use alternatives to finger movements, such as hand or toe tapping, light beams or musical tones.

Throughout the process, the client is awake, alert and in control at all times. No trance state is induced, no suggestions are made, and the changes that occur are the result of the client's own innate processes.

EMDR weakens the effect of negative emotions and the 'charge' behind emotions when recalling the event. Before and after each EMDR treatment, your therapist will ask you to rate your level of distress. The hope is that your disturbing memories will become less disabling.

After an EMDR session, there may be a strong sense of relief, a feeling of openness or even euphoria.






As with any treatment or therapy, each person is different, however treatment can be very rapid, but, the number of sessions will vary, according to the complexity of the issues being dealt with. In general, the more isolated the traumatic memory being treated, the shorter the treatment tends to be.  For individuals with a history of multiple painful experiences and years of feeling bad about them more sessions may be required.




Brain scans have clearly demonstrated pre-post changes after EMDR therapy, including increases in hippocampus volume, which have implications for memory storage. The bottom line of EMDR outcome research is that clinical change can be both profound and efficient.


  • Treatment and Uses:


EMDR treatment can in some cases be carried out with or without content that is the client/patient does not always need to tell the therapist the intimate details of the event/s; it may be enough for the client to have an image of the event/s for the treatment to be carried out.

As well as PTSD, EMDR therapy can also be used to treat:


•        GAD (general anxiety disorder)

•        Anger management

•        Panic attacks

•        Eating disorders

•        Addictions

•        Pain reduction and management

•        Phobias 



Sports performance enhancement 



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