EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
Counselling can benefit many people regardless of age, gender and societal difference.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) EMDR helps us to process thoughts and feelings about events which we have previously been unable to process.
The eye movements used in EMDR seem to unlock the nervous system and allow the brain to process the experience. It is important to remember that it is your own brain that does the healing and you are in control at all times.
Memories are linked in networks that contain related thoughts, images, emotions, and sensations. When a traumatic or very negative event occurs, information processing may be incomplete. The memory is dysfunctionally stored without appropriate associative connections and with many elements still unprocessed.
When people tend to think about a trauma, or when a distressing memory is triggered by similar situations, a person may feel as though they are reliving the experience, they may even experience strong emotions and physical sensations. This is because when something traumatic happens it seems to get locked in the nervous system with the original picture, sounds, thoughts and feelings. Whilst the experience remains locked there, it continues to be triggered whenever a reminder comes up. This can result in negative emotions, fear and discomfort.
The disturbing events can be stored in the brain in an isolated memory network which prevents learning from taking place. The old memory keeps on getting triggered. In another part of the brain, in a separate network, we have most of the information needed to resolve it. It is prevented from linking up to the old material.
When EMDR takes place the 2 networks link up together, new information can come to mind and resolve old problems. This causes self healing and change, bringing relief from psychological problems and illness.
Sometimes we can begin to suffer from anxiety for no apparent reason. Panic attacks can occur in situations where rationally we know we are safe. When we have experienced trauma it can alter our ability to filter out what is dangerous and what is not. EMDR can help to reset that filter.
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Relationship difficulties
- Communication problems
- Separation or divorce
- Sadness, hurt or anger
- Frustration, confusion or despair
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Mood changes
- A change of family situation or life stage
- A feeling of rejection
- Difficulties living with chronic pain, critical illness or disability
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