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EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing

EMDR is mainly used in the treatment of PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can occur after any traumatic event, such as a car crash, being in armed combat or an assault. Research shows that EMDR is one of the ways in which people can be helped to process disturbing memories.

The most important difference between EMDR & other therapies is that it the therapist leads the patient in a series of bi-lateral eye movements while the patient focuses on various aspects of a disturbing memory. This results in the reduction of suffering & symptoms & the development of new coping skills.

The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends EMDR as a treatment for PTSD.

The most important professional body for EMDR therapists is EMDR Association – www.emdrassociation.org.uk