EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

Memories are stored by association and form memory networks that link present experiences to past experiences.  EMDR is a memory-based approach that focusses on the reprocessing of negative, maladaptive experience/memories. Reprocessed memories are then integrated into helpful, adaptive memory networks.

When a disturbing event happens, it can get stuck in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts and feelings. EMDR seems to stimulate the information and allow the brain to reprocess the experience of that event. The eye movements (or tapping or tones) help reprocess the memory and other associated experiences.

Whilst there is an evidence base for the EMDR in the treatment of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the approach is recognised worldwide as a trauma treatment, EMDR can also be helpful in treating other conditions including other forms of anxiety, especially where a difficult life event has been involved including bullying, bereavement, abuse, social humiliation, car accidents etc.

The number of sessions of therapy provided will depend on the presentation, however, as a guide, clients can expect to have 8-12 weekly sessions. Please note that the usual length of EMDR sessions is 60-90 minutes. For those sessions that are 90 minutes, that the payment will be charged proportionately, and your therapist will advise you accordingly. 90-minute sessions will be charged at 1.5 usual rate

For more information about EMDR and a copy of the inclusion and exclusion criteria, please email our Services Manager: services@anxietyuk.org.uk

Memories are stored by association and form memory networks that link present experiences to past experiences.  EMDR is a memory-based approach that focusses on the reprocessing of negative, maladaptive experience/memories. Reprocessed memories are then integrated into helpful, adaptive memory networks.

When a disturbing event happens, it can get stuck in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts and feelings. EMDR seems to stimulate the information and allow the brain to reprocess the experience of that event. The eye movements (or tapping or tones) help reprocess the memory and other associated experiences.

Whilst there is an evidence base for the EMDR in the treatment of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the approach is recognised worldwide as a trauma treatment, EMDR can also be helpful in treating other conditions including other forms of anxiety, especially where a difficult life event has been involved including bullying, bereavement, abuse, social humiliation, car accidents etc.

The number of sessions of therapy provided will depend on the presentation, however, as a guide, clients can expect to have 8-12 weekly sessions. Please note that the usual length of EMDR sessions is 60-90 minutes. For those sessions that are 90 minutes, that the payment will be charged proportionately, and your therapist will advise you accordingly. 90-minute sessions will be charged at 1.5 usual rate

Please note, we are currently running a small Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy pilot and have places for 6 people to access this service through us. For more information about EMDR and a copy of the inclusion and exclusion criteria, please email the Services Manager at services@anxietyuk.org.uk

For more information, please check EMDR Association UK (www.emdrassociation.org.uk) as they have a wealth of information about EMDR including useful videos to watch will can give you greater insight into this approach.

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