Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a psychological treatment highly effective in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as other psychological conditions. EMDR is a well-researched trauma treatment model and has been shown to be effective in over 25 randomised control studies. It is endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the treatment of PTSD.
How does EMDR Therapy work?
EMDR Therapy is a psychological treatment based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours stem from unprocessed memories of stressful or traumatic experiences. The structured treatment focuses simultaneously on a) an upsetting issue or traumatic memory and its associated thoughts, feelings and sensations, and b) bilateral stimulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye movements.
How will EMDR Therapy help me?
EMDR Therapy is believed to disrupt working memory and mimic the natural memory processing characteristics of sleep, thus facilitating the brain to successfully process a memory or issue. Once traumatic or maladaptive memories have been desensitised and reprocessed, they no longer have the same negative impact. Memories typically become less vivid and upsetting, intrusive symptoms such as nightmares and flashbacks reduce or cease, and more adaptive beliefs emerge.
EMDR Newcastle – where it can help
While EMDR Therapy was originally developed for PTSD, it is also an effective treatment for a range of other psychological issues, including:
- Anxiety – EMDR can help people with anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.
- Chronic pain – EMDR has been used to address the underlying psychological distress associated with the condition.
- Complicated grief – EMDR can be effective in processing unresolved emotions and traumas related to grief.
- Depression – EMDR can be beneficial in addressing depression by targeting associated traumas and negative beliefs.
- Panic Attacks – EMDR therapy can aid in reducing the intensity and frequency of panic attacks though processing the fears and memories feeding these.
- Personality disorders – EMDR can be integrated into the treatment of certain personality disorders to address past traumas and improve coping mechanisms.
- Phobias – EMDR’s ability to desensitise distressing memories can make it an effective treatment for various phobias
Are you looking for an EMDR therapist in Newcastle? Contact our mental health professionals today to book in an appointment, either in person, online or via telephone.