Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing EMDR, is a type of therapy that can ensure you don’t finish therapy with a “nail still stuck in your head”.

EMDR does two very important things it unlocks the negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system, and it helps the brain process the experience.  In a session of EMDR an individual is asked to bring an unpleasant image, memory or negative belief related to their traumatic event or situation to mind.  With these thoughts and images in mind, individuals are also asked to move their eyes side-to-side for several seconds. Afterwards the individual will discuss what was brought up during the exercise. Whatever was brought up can then be used for another exposure exercise. This cycle continues until distress has reduced.

EMDR is  typically known for the treatment of trauma but is now being used to successfully treat individuals in a wide range of conditions such as depression, phobias and difficulties of self-regulation such as panic attacks.

To find out more http://emdrassociation.org.uk/