EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a government recommended treatment for all types of trauma such as car crashes, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) andhas been proven to be very effective to cure phobias and fears.
Distressing events or experiences can result in the brain becoming overwhelmed and incapable of processing information. A traumatic memory can be frozen or blocked within the processing system and when it’s recalled a person can experience the same intense feelings and emotions of the event and remember exactly what they’d felt, seen, heard, smelt or tasted. Distressing memories may be triggered by a physical or emotional reminder or can be recalled for no apparent reason.
EMDR attempts to ‘unfreeze’ the memory by stimulating the blocked processing system. Using eye movements, sounds or tapping, EMDR helps the brain to decrease the intensity of the memory so it becomes just a normal memory without the associated negative emotions and feelings. EMDR works in a similar way to REM sleep whereby the eyes move rapidly from side to side while dreaming.
How Does It Work?
The therapist works gently with the client and asks him/her to revisit the traumatic moment or incident, recalling feelings surrounding the experience, as well as any negative thoughts, feelings and memories. The therapist then holds her fingers about eighteen inches from the clients face and begins to move them back and forth like a windscreen wiper. The client tracks the movements as if watching tennis. The more intensely the client focuses on the memory, the easier it becomes for the memory to come to life. As quick and vibrant images arise during the therapy session, they are processed by the eye movements, resulting in painful feelings being exchanged for more peaceful, loving and resolved feelings.
(ATTACHED BELOW ARE SOME INFORMATIVE WEBSITES )
http://helpguide.org/mental/pdf/emdr.pdf A printable guide to EMDR
http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr.html The Official EMDR webpages description
.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMDR Wikipedia and informative website giving a great deal of useful information
I hold the three parts training required to be an EMDR Therapist.