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What is EMDR?
 
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an extremely effective treatment for people who have had traumatic experiences.
 
In the late 1980's, a psychologist, Francine Shapiro, found that disturbing thoughts, feelings, or flashbacks that often follow a traumatic event could be alleviated or eliminated by having clients move their eye rapidly while reflecting on the event. EMDR was soon formalised into a new treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and used to treat rape victims and war veterans.EMDR is a non-drug, non-hypnotic psychotherapy procedure. It does not require the therapist to know details of the events that have led the client to therapy, only what happens during the process. The EMDR process is client led and always remains within the control of the client.

 
It is recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as the treatment of choice for PTSD.
 
How does trauma affect us?
 
The impact of a traumatic event can be physical, psychological or a mixture of the two. Most people recover quickly, but sometimes specialist help may be needed.
 
Usually, when something happens, your eyes, ears and other senses are the first to respond. This body information is then stored as memories. These usually have a story-like quality and contain your impressions and interpretations as well as facts about what happened.
 
When something dangerous happens, your body and brain respond in a different way. Your body recognises the emergency and takes protective action. Its messages to the brain seem to be put into an emergency store often without going through the normal memory processing.
 
These experiences with the original sound thoughts and feelings are recorded in your brain in the raw unprocessed form.
 
Sometimes the brain does not then process these experiences in the normal way to form ordinary memories.
 
Traumatic memories seem to become locked into the brain in their "raw" form. When these memories are recalled they can be very upsetting. Sometimes they can be recalled out of the blue causing flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks and angry outbursts.
 
How can EMDR help?
 
EMDR is an approach that seems to help ‘unblock’ the brain’s processing so that traumatic memories can become "ordinary" memories. We do not know precisely how this treatment works, but it is likely to be the alternating left-right stimulation of the brain replicating REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep in which the eyes often move from side to side on their own. These eye movements may help to process the unconscious material.
What happens during a session?
 
First, the therapist will explore the nature of the problem to determine whether EMDR is a suitable treatment.
 
When upsetting experiences and feelings are being worked with, it is very important that you feel safe and in control at all times.
 
If it is considered to be an appropriate treatment, the therapist will set up a "safe place" before starting to use EMDR to work on upset feelings or memories. This procedure involves imagining a place where you feel safe and happy and using eye movements to "install" a strong image of this. This safe place is a relaxation technique. It can be a refuge during EMDR or between sessions at any time.
 
Following a thorough preparation, you will be asked to think about the distressing event whilst either looking at the therapist’s finger and following it back and forth for about 15 to 30 seconds, or focussing on alternating sounds, vibrations, or hand taps on the knees.
 
After the eye movements or other right-left stimulation, the therapist will stop and ask you what comes up in your mind. Typically something shifts and you will reports a new image, thought, feeling, or physical sensation. You are then asked to hold this in mind and follow another set of eye movements, hand taps or sounds. Sometimes upsetting thoughts and feelings come up and need to be dealt with. The procedure continues until the event no longer seems upsetting.
Why bring up a painful memory?
 
When painful memories are avoided, they keep their disturbing power. They can unexpectedly and sometimes frighteningly affect our behaviour in the present. With EMDR, you can face the memory in a safe setting so that you do not feel overwhelmed. You are then able to move on and allow the memory and emotions to fade into the past and lose their power.
Can EMDR help with other problems?
 
As well as helping trauma, EMDR can work well with:
 
Anxiety based disorders (including panic attacks)
 
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders , Gambling,
 weight loss, Smoking ETC
 
Phobias
 
Abuse (verbal, physical and sexual)
 
Rape and sexual assault
 
Self-esteem issues
 
Anger
 
Performance anxiety
 
AND SO MUCH MORE
 


EMDR STORY VIA    DAILY MAIL
How you can erase painful memories just by moving your eyes: An increasingly popular type of therapy can diminish negative memories and help your wellbeing
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is used for a number of serious conditions, including anxiety and depression
It involves moving your eyes from left to right between 20 and 30 times
Devotees say it can diminish negative memories and increase wellbeing 
  
The small room is quiet, warm and functional. Two women are sitting in chairs. One is moving her right hand backwards and forwards in front of the other's eyes, which follow her hand intently.
It might sound like a budget hypnosis session but this strange eye flicking ritual is an increasingly popular therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is used for a number of serious conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and common stress.
Devotees say simply moving your eyes from left to right between 25 and 30 times can diminish negative memories and, therefore, their impact on your wellbeing.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can be used for a number of serious conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and common stress

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can be used for a number of serious conditions, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and common stress
This, done repeatedly with a trained psychologist - up to 40 times in an hour session - can change your life immeasurably for the better, so experts claim.
And there's a good reason why processing negative memories can improve your mental wellbeing. Most normal memories are processed by the brain, put in context and then fade with time, but the same is not true of bad memories.
'Memories are processed according to previous experience and assumption and then assimilated,' explains chartered clinical psychologist and former president of the EMDR Association in UK and Ireland, Dr Robin Logie.
'We learn from memory: hot items aren't picked up, certain foods avoided. These are all filed away and, on the whole, memories from long ago are vague.'
But if you have a bad experience, that negative memory is frozen in time.
'Your brain can't process it and the memory returns in dreams and flashbacks, often with a physical response such as feeling sick or actual pain.
'Rather than fading, it stays as vivid as the day on which it occurred. It hasn't been correctly processed.'
Brain scans have shown that when a traumatic event occurs, there is increased activity in the part of the brain which stores memories associated with sound, touch and smell, but not in the rational frontal lobes where reasoning occurs.
So trauma is stored in the brain as vivid images, sensations and sounds. Once lodged, this memory doesn't fade and exerts a disproportionate influence on subsequent behaviour.
The eye flicking could work by the theory that you can only hold so much in your head at one time. Distracting yourself by moving your eyes helps you work through the trauma without it
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The eye flicking could work by the theory that you can only hold so much in your head at one time. Distracting yourself by moving your eyes helps you work through the trauma without it
Everyone has at least one example of unprocessed memories floating in their heads: an ex-partner whose infidelity affected a relationship; an overheard comment which challenged confidence in friendships; or a teacher's damning assessment.
Francine Shapiro, who founded the therapy, suggests there are approximately ten or 20 unprocessed memories responsible for most of the pain in our lives.
EMDR is based on putting these bad memories in the right place. Those who have tried it, like Hannah Cooper, 38, who works in supply-chain logistics and lives in Leicestershire with her engineer husband, David, cannot speak highly enough of the process.
With a history of anxiety going back to the breakdown of her parents' marriage when she was 11, Hannah decided last December that she needed help.
Everyone has at least one example of unprocessed memories floating in their heads: an ex-partner whose infidelity affected a relationship; an overheard comment which challenged confidence in friendships; or a teacher's damning assessment
'There were little signs that things weren't right: I was being snappy with my husband, I felt very tired for no reason,' she says.
Hannah had previously suffered depression and had counselling so she consulted her therapist, clinical psychologist Dr Alexandra Dent. Dr Dent, who had trained in EMDR, suggested she try it. Over the first three sessions, Hannah identified some stuck memories.
'Rationally, I know it's not my fault my parents split up. But there were certain vivid memories that really stuck, such as the time, aged 11, I heard them arguing.
'My mother threw my father out the door and smashed a mug after him. I'd given him that mug for Father's Day and it said Dad on it.'
Every time she thought about it Hannah felt sick with tension.
During the fourth session with Dr Dent, they began desensitising the memories using eye-flicking. This starts by focusing on key aspects of the memory, following the finger from left to right and at regular intervals asking the client what they are noticing.
'I didn't really notice the left to right hand movements,' says Hannah. 'I was utterly intent on living through the memory, which was so vivid I could smell my father's aftershave.'
Afterwards, Hannah recalls feeling a great lightness.
'Now, I feel positive and have started running again. People have noticed my happiness.'
She says that had she tried to describe this memory before EMDR she would have broken down in tears. 'It's still there, but in the right place, not affecting my life.'
How on earth did somebody come up with such a concept?
It was a chance observation. Clinical psychologist Francine Shapiro, an American, was agonising over a distressing personal problem in 1987. She noticed that as she moved her eyes from one side to another, her disturbing thoughts faded without any conscious effort. She tested the theory by deliberately thinking horrible things while moving her eyes. To her amazement, the same thing happened.
EIGHT MILLION
The number of British people who suffer with an anxiety disorder
EMDR has a body of scientific research behind it that proves it to be effective for the treatment of severe trauma. Not only is it available on the NHS, but training is compulsory for Ministry of Defence mental health personnel on the front line.
Still think it sounds ludicrous? Jane Steare, the mother of Lucie Blackman, who was murdered in Japan 16 years ago, has benefited from the therapy, as has a PTSD sufferer who had been in the same Tube carriage as one of the 7/7 bombers.
The patron of the UK and Ireland EMDR Association is former hostage Terry Waite.
Dr Logie says: 'When you move your eyes, you're reducing your emotional reaction to an event and you are more able to evaluate and process it in a detached way. Secondly, the event is reprocessed, and you can think of it in a more rational way.'
So why does it work?
Some believe the eye movements allow you to process memory in the same way as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, when you dream but your eyes flick around.
When asleep you can't decide to focus on one event but when you're awake and flicking them around you're more in control.
A second idea is called the 'working memory' theory. You can only hold so much in your head at one time. Distracting yourself by moving your eyes helps you work through the trauma without it - metaphorically speaking - hitting you between the eyes.
Dr Logie believes everyone can benefit, revealing, that in training everybody receives EMDR and they all find something unresolved.
There are, as with everything, rogue therapists, he warns. You should ensure you only see one trained to EMDR Europe guidelines - see emdrassociation.org.uk to find your nearest.
In some cases, just one session can help you slot a traumatic memory into your normal pathways, where it stops affecting your life.
Patients say they do think about it but as something from the past that is no longer distressing. It becomes rationalised.
It seems EMDR may also help with more common problems such as eating disorders.
Physiologically, it fits neatly into a science buzz word: neuroplasticity, which refers to the fact that we can retrain the brain.
By ALICE SMELLIE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 23:35, 6 March 2016 | UPDATED: 03:11, 7 March 2016

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