"No-one seems 100% sure how EMDR Therapy works, but the results speak for themselves. EMDR has proven to be an effective therapy for a range of mental health issues and is less demanding than some other forms of therapy."
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy uses eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation such as hand tapping and audio stimulation) during part of the sessions to help you to process traumatic memories. You will be asked to hold certain memories in mind whilst tracking your therapist’s hand back and forth across your field of vision. Through biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and you begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings associated with it.
Within EMDR, emphasis is placed on past disturbing memories and related events. However, importance is also given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions.