One of the most innovative uses of EMDR therapy is in treating performance-related issues. People often function below their potential because of a history of criticisms, mistakes, self-questioning or relational abuse. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment that can quickly and effectively assist with workplace stress.
EMDR is effective in decreasing stress and anxiety surrounding work or studies and targeting irrational or negative beliefs such as: ‘I am a failure,’ ‘There is something wrong with me,’ or ‘I will never succeed.’ It can therefore help a person to gain confidence in their ability to perform a task or reach a goal. EMDR works to achieve this by installing positive beliefs, and by having a person imagine doing the thing they are nervous to do or want to improve in while doing bilateral stimulation. This has the effect of decreasing the fear, anxiety or stress associated with the task and boosting confidence. 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.
What are some typical work performance problems addressed by EMDR?
- Test anxiety
- Public speaking, interviews and presentations
- Anticipatory anxiety
- Difficulties with team work
- Managing difficult people
- Inconsistent performance
- Poor stress management skills
- Communication difficulties
- Recovery from sports injuries