What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and has been developed in the 1980s by the American psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro.

It is a very powerful and highly researched psychological treatment method to process the overwhelming emotional response to traumatic events or long-standing traumatic life experiences. Due to their intensity, the brain gets overwhelmed and can’t process the experience. This leads to “stuck” memories that can get triggered and then cause extremely strong and crippling reactions of stress and panic. These are known as flashbacks, often experienced by people diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD.
EMDR Therapy is an extremely effective approach to help tackle these symptoms by using left-right eye movements or tapping stimulations, supporting the brain processing system to process emotionally overwhelming events from the past. In order to support the client and to avoid overstimulation and re-living the trauma, it is extremely important to include relaxation exercises and grounding techniques.

EMDR Therapy is very successful in the treatment of the damaging emotional & physical impact of life-threatening events, accidents, invasive medical procedures, all types of abuse and the stressors of ongoing fear and conflict.

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