What does EMDR stand for; Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. It has been around since (Shapiro,2001) although probably around before in different forms and ways. It is a structured therapy that encourages the client to briefly focus on a trauma while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation by stimulation of tapping or guided eye movements. This will reduce the vividness and emotion associated with the traumatic memory, so that the client can go on to not get triggered or affected from the repression of the emotions. It can be a very powerful experience, and because I have worked for 25 years with clients dealing with their emotions, I have incorporated my own ways so that it is a very safe and nurturing experience and release for you the client.
I understand that being asked to focus on a painful issue can be daunting and you may think, keep it in the pandora box. It stays there until you deal with it, if not, it will arise emotionally or physically affecting you until you do. That is not to scare you it is just to make you aware so that you can make a choice. To actually feel the emotions is not as overwhelming as you think, it can actually use up more energy to repress them. Sadly, we were brought up in a society of repression and as we can all see it has its effects on society with increased alcohol addiction, drug related addictions, repeated relationships that don’t work and more.
The number of sessions will vary from person to person it may take 1 or a couple. Unprocessed memories are understood to contain emotions, thoughts, beliefs and physical sensations that occurred at the time of the event. When the memories are triggered these stored disturbing elements are experienced and cause symptoms of PTSD and other disorders. They can go on to create havoc in our lives and affect our work, relationships and our everyday activities unless it is treated. The memories are stored in the brain and the body and unlike other therapies they deal with specific experiences /memories.
EMDR can be very successful when a person is blocked and even if they don’t know what it is as in a specific memory, it often comes to the surface as we work. For PTSD it can be life changing in respect of getting their lives back before they lose what they truly want and have in their lives. Trust in yourself and your highest good. Take a leap of faith, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain.
It is a journey we take together. It is a privilege.