EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It allows for a memory to be ‘reconfigured’ by the client, or framed in a more positive, less judgemental way. It sounds complicated, but in its essence this is a psychotherapeutic treatment that reflects how memories are both processed and stored. Because of its ability to help individuals overcome traumatic memories, EMDR has found particular prominence in the treatment of conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Several randomised controlled trials have determined the effectiveness of EMDR in treating trauma-based disorders, finding that in some cases it can even be more ‘rapid’ than CBT (see this academic article by Francine Shapiro for an informative, evidence-based review of EMDR). Furthermore, there has been recent research that examines its effectiveness in treating the behavioural and psychological symptoms in some cases of dementia, with findings that are generally positive.
While EMDR can seem almost like a ‘miracle cure’, it does not necessarily work for everyone. That’s why the treatment process is extremely structured, including an examination of your previous history as well as a detailed assessment. I qualified as an EMDR therapist in 2017, after completing three intensive training modules. If you’d like to know more about whether EMDR may be of relevance to your particular situation, please feel free to either ring me or contact me using this form.