Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that is used to help clients that are suffering due to past traumas such as accidents, abuse or a similarly unpleasant and shocking experience. No matter how much time has passed since the trauma took place, it may still come hurtling back, forcing its way into your conscious mind and making you feel as if it is happening all over again. Whether you suffer the experience in the form of a nightmare or a waking event, your mind may still be overwhelmed with even physical symptoms resulting.
These dormant memories are stored within the brain and are accessed each and every time something occurs to trigger your recollection of the actual event. Whilst Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) counsellors cannot remove the distressing memory, they can alter the way that it is stored within the brain. This way, you will not suffer so much when the memory surfaces. The way the body works is that when upsetting events occur, your body’s inbuilt cognitive and neurological mechanisms that help you to cope are overwhelmed and so deal with the memory in isolation.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) helps by re-processing this traumatic event and thus reducing the impact upon you. Your therapist will do this by looking at your past, present and future and your stored memories, getting you to deliberately focus upon the upsetting event whilst receiving input of a bilateral sensory type, such as moving eyes from side to side, tapping hands or even using auditory tones.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) will reduce your natural reaction to this stress by making use of these therapeutic procedures.
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