Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that has been found to be effective for treating PTSD.
What is PTSD?
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is an intense and prolonged response to a traumatic situation, and can manifest a long time after the triggering event.
PTSD can occur at any age, and the symptoms can vary. The usual symptoms include: anxiety, insomnia, intrusive thoughts, recurring dreams, flashbacks, inability to feel emotions, detachment, depression, etc.
During an EMDR therapy session, the therapist guides the patient to focus on specific traumatic memories while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, tapping, or auditory tones. This is believed to help the brain process and integrate the traumatic memories in a more adaptive way.
More information about what you can expect during an EMDR session can be found here.
Research has shown that EMDR therapy can lead to a reduction in PTSD symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, and avoidance behaviours. It has also been found to be effective in treating other mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
It is important to note that EMDR therapy may not be effective for everyone and that it should not be used as a standalone treatment for PTSD. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and medication.
If you are interested in exploring EMDR therapy as a treatment option, it is recommended that you speak with your GP to determine if this is the right treatment for you.
A GP’s referral is required for any PTSD-related therapy with EMDR.