EMDR (eye movement desensitising and re-processing) is a highly effective therapy that quickly resolves ‘stuck’ traumatic events and the symptoms resulting from this trauma (anxiety, depression, stress, self harm, OCD, PTSD). It is recommended by NICE (National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence) for use in the NHS and the WHO (World Health Organisation) in particular for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. There is an extensive published research base demonstrating that it is an effective treatment for this and many other disorders.
I qualified in 2009 and use this therapy regularly both in my private work and within the NHS to alleviate the symptoms of trauma. I use it when a patient or client says ‘I know what I’m feeling is illogical, but I still feel it’. Examples of this that I deal with regularly are with survivors of childhood abuse – it is very common for survivors to carry guilt and shame, despite knowing that the abuse was not their fault. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is increasingly used to treat conditions that are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders.