EMDR for PTSD and Trauma

Emotional distress after trauma is normal.

Give yourself time and space to get over it.
Allow friends and family to help.
If you are struggling, speak to a Doctor.

Traumatic events can come out of the blue. Accidents, illnesses, disasters, assault, combat, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse are all events which are potentially traumatic. We may feel like our world has been turned upside down. You may not understand at first that you have Post Traumatic Stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Do you:

  • Feel on edge – worrying something is going to happen
  • Be jumpy- easily startled
  • You may have Panic Attacks
  • Have difficulty sleeping – dreams and nightmares
  • Have intrusive memories – thoughts and flashbacks, triggered by sights, smells and sounds
  • Feel as if its happening again
  • Feel overwhelmed
  • Feel guilty and ashamed
  • Feel over anxious
  • Feel sad
  • Become easily angry
  • Feel detached and unable to have feelings and have withdrawn
  • Have physical reactions
  • Cope with drink and drugs
  • Feel irritable, frustrated and angry if things do not work out as you want.

If you have any of the above symptoms, you maybe suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I would advise getting help.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement, Desensitisation & Reprocessing. A bi-lateral stimulation allowing the brain to process information in a more helpful way. It is an innovative, powerful psychological therapy for trauma and PTSD. It can work quickly and effectively. It also helps acute anxiety, depression and addiction. It was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro, an American Clinical Psychologist, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, USA, she published the first research data confirming the efficacy of EMDR in 1989. Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as violent conflict, natural disaster, physical assault, road traffic and workplace accidents and childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect. NICE has recommended this therapy for treatment of PTSD. (www.nice.org.uk) I combine this technique with integrative psychotherapy.

Old disturbing memories can be stored in the brain in isolation and they get locked into the nervous system. This distressing material can be triggered over and over again. This prevents healing from taking place. In another part of the brain, you already have most of the information you need to resolve this problem; the two just cannot connect. Once EMDR starts, a linking takes place. New information can come to mind and resolve the old problems. The eye movements help to process unconscious material and relief is found.

EMDR is a powerful therapy and training in it is reserved to mental health professionals. You are strongly recommended to consult only legitimate clinicians who have undertaken an accredited training course recognised by the EMDR Europe and EMDR UK & Ireland Associations.

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