EMDR in Manchester
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. Francine Shapiro developed EMDR in 1989 and now more than 20,000 practitioners worldwide have been trained to use it.
EMDR is a relatively fast integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It is recommended by numerous organisations internationally including the World Health Organization and NICE.
It’s growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after experiences such as military conflict, road traffic accidents, physical assault, rape, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and childhood neglect.
EMDR is unusual in that it does not rely solely on talking but instead, guides the client to focus on their emotionally charged memories and cognitions whilst performing sets of rapid eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation. With the aim of reducing the emotional charge, helping the client naturally process and work through memories of trauma and other adverse life experiences.
As trauma in some form or another frequently underlies many common mental health problems, EMDR can be an effective treatment for a wide range of issues.
What can EMDR help with?
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS)
- Developmental Trauma
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- performance anxiety
- self-esteem issues
- Obsessions and compulsions (OCD)
- Panic Attacks
- Chronic Pain Management
From the EMDR Europe website:
“Normally, the individual processes traumatic experiences naturally. However, when a person is severely traumatized, either by an overwhelming event or by being repeatedly subjected to distress, this healing process may become overloaded, leaving the original disturbing experiences unprocessed. These unprocessed memories can be stored in the brain in a “raw” form where they can be continually re-evoked when experiencing events that are similar to the original experience.
EMDR utilizes the natural healing ability of the brain and allows it to heal psychological problems at the same rate as the rest of the body heals physical wounds. Because EMDR allows the mind and body to heal at the same rate, treatment can be rapid. The number of sessions required for EMDR treatment, however, will vary according to the complexity of the issues being dealt with. In general, the more isolated the traumatic memory being treated, the shorter the treatment tends to be.”
…read more at the EMDR Europe website
Nigel Magowan is a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist based in South Manchester. He integrates psychotherapy with EMDR, CBT, and NLP.