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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

EMDR is a therapy which helps people to process distressing events which may have occurred in their past but are continuing to cause problems like low mood, anxiety, flashbacks and upsetting thoughts or images.  EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy which is recognised around the world. 

How does EMDR work?

Most of the time our body and mind manages and sorts new information and experiences without us even noticing but when something happens to us which causes distress, something which is too much, too fast and too soon for our minds and bodies to cope with; for example a single traumatic incident or chronic repeated adverse experiences, our system can become overwhelmed and instead of the memory of the experience being stored in our minds in a verbal, kind of 'story mode', the memory can become stuck and frozen in its raw state within the emotional (limbic) part of our brain.   This unprocessed memory continues to disturb us in the present by firing up emotions and physical symptoms associated with the past event when we experience a similar event or when we perceive a similar threat in our environment.  Ongoing extreme emotions and intense physical sensations can prevent us from moving forward and living the lives we want to live.  EMDR  helps to create connections between our brain's memory networks and files our memories away in the correct place allowing our brains to process the traumatic memory in a natural way and allowing us to recall the memory without the same level of distress and or dysfunction.

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Who may benefit from EMDR?

EMDR is well known for its effectiveness in working with trauma and post traumatic stress disorder but in fact it has also been shown to be effective for a range of different conditions and difficulties such as anxiety and panic attacks, depression, stress, phobias, sleep problems, grief, addictions, pain relief and self-esteem.

As with any psychotherapy, EMDR is not for everyone which is why Resilient Minds Highland offers a robust assessment process to ensure EMDR is right for you and we will review your progress at regular intervals to ensure EMDR continues to be right for you.

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If you think EMDR may be of benefit to you, please get in touch to find out more...

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