Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro that emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of current issues. It is generally used to help the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other types of trauma as well as anxiety and panic.
Sessions can be delivered in a number of ways including face to face, over the telephone or through an on-line platform such as Skype of Zoom.
Sessions last up to 1 hour and are generally weekly or fortnightly.
EMDR has been shown to be helpful in resolving many kinds of trauma and anxiety based symptoms including intrusive thoughts, panic, phobias, painful sensations, and emotional distress including excessive guilt, anger, grief and fear, recurring nightmares and such behavioral symptoms as avoiding formerly enjoyable activities.
Many adult, adolescent, and child survivors of single incident traumas, multiple traumas, and of childhood abuse have responded positively to EMDR treatment.
Victims of crime, combat veterans, and survivors of disasters have all benefited from EMDR treatment.
Take a look at some of the websites and apps that can support you.
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