What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. It is an entire therapy model that has been proven to be highly effective for those who have experienced trauma.

EMDR therapy is founded on the basis that our emotional well-being is interwoven with our physical (somatic) state. Therefore, EMDR employs a body-based technique called bilateral simulation during which a therapist will guide a client through eye movements, tones, or taps in order to move a memory that has been incorrectly stored to a more functional part of the brain.
During trauma our brain processes and stores memories incorrectly. This incorrect storage can lead to past memories feeling very present. Related or unrelated stimuli in the present can lead to clients reacting as they did at the time of trauma. The brain feels if the past disturbing event is happening currently.

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EMDR therapy corrects this mis-storage so that the painful memories associated with the trauma lose their charge. The client can react to stimuli in the present without the past interfering.
EMDR was recognised as a first line therapy response for veterans with PTSD. At “Level Best” we have successfully used EMDR to treat victims of terrorist attacks, people who have had unwanted sexual experiences. In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat grief and loss, addictions, anger, pain and OCD.

Will I will remain in control and empowered?

During EMDR treatment, you will remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake. This is not a form of
hypnosis and you can stop the process at any time. Throughout the session, the therapist will
support and facilitate your own self-healing and intervene as little as possible. Reprocessing is
usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously, and new connections and insights
are felt to arise quite naturally from within. As a result, most people experience EMDR as being a
natural and very empowering therapy.

“I was involved in a terrorist attack all I could hear for 6 months after were sirens and gun shots. EMDR made all the images and sounds go away. I felt powerful again and after 6 sessions I felt back to ME again rather than somebody hiding in fear”

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