Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach developed by Doctor Francine Shapiro to help people heal from trauma or adversities such as issues of anxiety, depression, abuse, bullying, domestic violence, grief and loss, attachment wounds, abandonment, PTSD and many other complicated life issues.
EMDR therapy integrates elements of many traditional psychological orientations and is based on the adaptive information processing model AIP. The AIP model hypothesises that there is an inherent information processing system in the brain that gets blocked when traumatic or adverse events occur, causing these events to get locked in the brain with the original image, sounds, thoughts, feelings, body sensations and beliefs. Whenever a reminder of the traumatic or adverse event comes up, those images thoughts feelings and sensations can continue to be triggered.
Many emotional problems and disorders are manifestations of unprocessed trauma memories that are stored in the brain. EMDR therapy works on helping the brain re-process these traumatic memories and as a result, alleviating the emotional and psychological disorder. EMDR therapy has been used with adults, children, and adolescents with a wide variety of emotional and psychological problems including PTSD, anxiety, phobias, depression & attachment disorders.
It is worth highlighting how the trauma that has not been healed in this generation has the potential of being passed on to the next generation. A child’s sense of self does not develop in isolation. Rather, it develops in response to the parent-child relationship, as well as other important relationships early in life.
We all come into this world to connect with others and when these attachment and connections do not happen, or they happen in a way that hurt or injure us, our sense of self does not develop appropriately.
EMDR therapy is now validated as an evidence-based approach and included in the SAMHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and the national registry of evidence-based programmes and practises. In addition, EMDR therapy has been validated by over 20 randomised controlled clinical trials and is recommended by the World Health Organisation as the leading treatment for PTSD and trauma.
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