EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is recommended in the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines for treating trauma, as it assists us by to emotionally process traumatic events. This can be helpful whether the trauma we need to move on from is a one off trauma such as a car crash, or multiple events from our past. Following successful EMDR treatment, memories of the event are no longer as difficult when recalled. The past and its memories can still be recalled, but these are not as frightening. This emotional reprocessing copies what the brain would do to adapt in normal circumstances, through dreaming or REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.
When people are become traumatised, it is as a result of experiencing such strong emotions the brains inbuilt coping mechanisms are overwhelmed. In effect we feel emotionally hijacked by extreme feeling such as fear, or the fear of fear! So the brain is unable to think, make decisions, plan, or cope with what where previously everyday situations or events without fear. As the past traumatic experiences become ‘frozen in time’, so it seems like an event like an accident, or assault is constantly reoccurring. These traumatic memories are stored in the brain in a ‘raw’ form and can be relived as if we were rewinding them on a videotape, when this occurs they become repetitive intrusive thoughts and memories. These can include all of the things that you saw, smelt, heard, and felt at the time, making it very difficult to live the life you both want and deserve.
EMDR is a therapy that enables us to reprocess traumatic memories, so that we can leave the past behind and learn to live without fear. Contact me for more information or book your free initial consultation.