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Nigel Mills
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EMDR  (EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITISATION AND REPROCESSING)

When something traumatic happens to you, your mind may continue to hold onto it in a way that includes the original picture, sounds, feelings, sensations and thoughts or any combination of the above. It seems like the trauma is locked inside and it can be triggered by many different things or people that you encounter throughout the day and/or night.  These old experiences can still cause a great deal of discomfort. At times, you may feel helpless because you are not able to control what is happening in your mind or body.  That is because you are experiencing the effects and sensations that are connected with this old experience.

Recent research on how the brain makes sense of new information has found that the rapid eye movements of sleep (REM) help in processing the events of the day. EMDR utilises these eye movements, whilst awake, to help overcome the psychological after-effects of trauma.  Research has shown that the eye movements help the right and left hemispheres of the brain  communicate and process psychological difficulties.

To date, there are fourteen controlled research studies that support the idea that EMDR works well in the treatment of trauma; this makes it the most thoroughly researched method ever used for these types of problems.  In the most recent five studies, eighty four to ninety percent of the people that have had to cope with rape, combat, loss of a loved one, accidents or natural disasters, no longer had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after only three treatment sessions.  Another study found that EMDR was twice as effective in half the time when compared to the standard type of treatment.  

In the UK, EMDR is now recommended by NIHCE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) as being one of the most effective ways of helping people overcome effects of trauma.


Further details of EMDR are available on: www.emdrassociation.org.uk