About EMDR: resolving past traumas and phobias
EMDR can help with recovery from trauma, PTSD, early trauma, neglect and attachment injury in the first years of life
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful psychotherapy, developed by Francine Shapiro, which quickly identifies and resolves past traumas and phobias, that continue to affect you in your day-to-day life. EMDR is an effective treatment for flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares and distressing memories.
Initially it was used specifically to relieve the distressing effects of trauma and traumatic memories. It has been used successfully with war veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has named it as a treatment of choice for people suffering from PTSD.
EMDR involves taking a comprehensive case history, preparation and resourcing, desensitization and reprocessing, for example asking the client to focus on the disturbing experience or memory and at the same time follow a series of therapist-directed eye movements for 15-30 seconds each time. Although eye movements are most frequently used to process memories and experiences, EMDR can also be used with bilateral buzzers, sounds, or hand tapping.
For further information, please visit www.emdrassociation.org.uk or www.emdria.org.
Early Trauma Clearing
An important development in recent years is the creation of a special EMDR protocol for early trauma, neglect and attachment injury in the first years of life. The early protocol focuses on implicit memory rather than explicit memory. This means the work is a subtle processing of deep inward feelings (felt sense) rather than intellect (cognitive).
Sandra Paulsen, and the early trauma protocol's originator, Katie O'Shea, teach workshops in this procedure. I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to train under Sandra Paulsen, in both the early trauma protocol and ego state therapy.
What Conditions Can EMDR Help?
EMDR Therapy can help with a wide range of issues from attachment disorders, childhood trauma, PTSD, addictions, pain, and more.
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