What is EMDR therapy?


Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective psychotherapy to help people recover from trauma or adverse life experiences. EMDR therapy is very cost effective as it requires far fewer sessions than traditional therapy.

People who can benefit from EMDR include people who have experienced the following:

  • Big-T trauma:

Suffering from PTSD, abuse, domestic violence, bullying, grief/loss, attachment wounds, abandonment and many other complicated life issues. These traumas are usually so overwhelming they affect our ability to cope or make sense of what happened. 

  • Small-t trauma:

These can be conflicts with significant others, a relationship breakup, infidelity, etc. An accumulation of these less pronounced events can still be traumatic and can lead to an increase in distress and trouble with emotional functioning. EMDR therapy also addresses these events that are traumatic at a personal level.

  • Workplace stress and failure to reach optimal performance.

People often function below their potential because of a history of criticisms, mistakes, self-questioning or relational abuse. EMDR is effective in decreasing stress and anxiety surrounding work or studies and targeting irrational or negative beliefs. It can therefore help a person to gain confidence in their ability to perform a task or reach a goal. EMDR helps the brain to think in a healthier, more adaptive way by removing negative self-beliefs and helping the person to tap into their strengths.

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