Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardised protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.

EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma, and that people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.

The insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.  Clients can conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them.  Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. The clients’ thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.

To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. Below are some of the symptoms of trauma.

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  • Nightmares
  • Replaying the memory
  • Flashbacks
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Anger, sadness and guilt
  • Avoidance of thinking about the event or anything to do with the event
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • Blaming self
  • Believing the world is dangerous
  • Self-criticism
  • Being hyper aware