EMDR Therapy is a highly recognised and transformational evidence-based psychotherapy treatment for PTSD and other distressing life experiences. It was developed in California by clinical psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro, in 1987.
EMDR Therapy produces significant results following a few treatments compared to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which tends to require longer periods of treatment. EMDR Therapy can also be combined with other therapeutic approaches.
There are many reported benefits of EMDR Therapy.
- A reduction in re-experiencing trauma memories.
- Feeling more able to cope with and manage trauma memories without needing to avoid potential triggers.
- Feeling more able to engage in and enjoy pleasurable activities and relationships.
- Reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, irritation and hypervigilance – allowing you to rest well, address pressure and/or conflict and go about your daily business without feeling fearful and prone to panic.
- Reduced feelings of isolation, hopelessness and depression.
- A boost in self-confidence and self-esteem. Source: Counselling Directory
EMDR Therapy is one of the most researched psychotherapy intervention for the treatment of distressing experiences and PTSD. A study funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions.
The positive outcomes of a number of studies have earned EMDR Therapy the recognition by the World Health Organisation and is recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an effective psychotherapy treatment for disturbing experiences and the management of PTSD.
EMDR Therapy is widely endorsed in many countries to treat a range of psychological difficulties. Source: EMDR Institute.