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What is it and will it help me?


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a highly effective and evidence-based psychological treatment used to address various mental health concerns, particularly trauma-related disorders. Developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, EMDR has gained significant recognition for its ability to help individuals process and overcome distressing memories and experiences.


How does it work?


EMDR therapy is a structured approach designed to relieve the distress associated with traumatic memories, distressing life events, and various other psychological issues. The central premise of EMDR is that traumatic experiences can become "stuck" in the brain's processing system, leading to symptoms like flashbacks, anxiety, and avoidance behaviours. By stimulating bilateral brain activity through eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, EMDR aims to facilitate the reprocessing of these memories, allowing the individual to integrate them in a healthier and adaptive way.


Benefits of EMDR Therapy:

  1. Rapid Results: EMDR therapy has been known to achieve significant progress in a shorter period compared to traditional talk therapy.

  2. Reduced Symptoms: EMDR can lead to a reduction in distressing symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety.

  3. Long-lasting Changes: The reprocessing of traumatic memories can lead to lasting changes in emotional responses and beliefs.

  4. Versatility: EMDR is effective for a range of conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, phobias, and more.

  5. Minimized Retraumatization: EMDR's structured approach aims to prevent retraumatization during the therapy process.

  6. Holistic Healing: EMDR promotes the integration of cognitive, emotional, and physiological aspects of healing.



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy stands as an empirically validated approach with compelling evidence supporting its effectiveness in treating trauma-related disorders and psychological distress. Numerous studies have demonstrated EMDR's ability to produce significant symptom reduction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom remission in a relatively short time frame (e.g., Bisson et al., 2013; Bradley et al., 2005). Additionally, research by Hase et al. (2008) indicates that EMDR's impact endures over time, with long-term follow-ups demonstrating sustained improvements in psychological well-being.
It is recommended by the NICE guidelines and APA.

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