Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and Panic Disorders.
The organisation which recognise EMDR Therapy as an effective form of treatment include The American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the World Health Organization.
EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. Rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviours resulting from the distressing issue, EMDR allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.
The brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behaviour and emotion). When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.
Who may benefit from EMDR?
EMDR therapy is suitable for children and adults of all ages to address issues including anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias, depression and bipolar disorders, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, grief and loss, pain, performance anxiety, personality disorders, sexual assault and abuse, PTSD and other trauma and stress-related issues, sleep disturbance and substance abuse and addiction.
At Restoring Peace, we integrate EMDR Therapy with other modality, which include CBT, Psychodynamic and ego states therapy.