What is EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.  

How does EMDR work

During EMDR therapy sessions, you relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements.

EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response.

What EMDR Can Help With

Originally designed to treat PTSD, EMDR is now used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including:

• Addictions

• Anxiety

• Chronic pain

• Depression

• Eating disorders

• Panic attacks

• Panic disorder

• Phobias

EMDR can be used on its own or in conjunction with other psychotherapy techniques (such as CBT) and medications.

It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

How can I Straker Consultants help you?

I Straker Consultants employ therapists that specialise in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). We offer a bespoke and tailored service for each and every client we see, which starts with a 10-minute free consultation. If you are looking for private EMDR treatment in Liverpool, then you can either utilise video/ telephone call sessions or visit us at our office. To find out if private EMDR therapy is right for you, please contact us now.