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help with ptsdWhat is EMDR used for?

EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming. It is probably best known for working with a medical condition called PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be diagnosed if you suffer a very stressful event and the effects of that stay with you for longer than expected. For example, you may suffer ongoing anxiety or 'flashbacks' where something that reminds you of the original experience makes you recall it very vividly, almost as if it was happening again. This can happen after events such as rape, abuse, war experiences, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, muggings, car crashes etc. If you think you have PTSD you should see a GP before contacting us for help.

EMDR can also be used for less extreme events such as phobias, and to help with anxiety-related conditions such as OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder). Once the symptoms have reduced, the EMDR is backed up with hypnotherapy and/or coaching to reinforce the effect.

It's effective with adults and children.

 

What is EMDR?

EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro PhD to help a friend who had been attacked and was suffering from anxiety and stress as a result.

Essentially it involves conducting a thorough interview with you about how your anxiety or PTSD is affecting you, then asking you to think about whatever is causing your distress whilst relaxing and watching a light being moved in front of your eyes. This sounds very simple and it is. In truth, we are not sure exactly how it works, but there is plenty of evidence to show that it does - have a look at this link if you want to know more.

 

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