EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and is therapy for all kinds of traumatic memories, from childhood bullying to road traffic accidents. The distressing emotions EMDR can work with range from anxiety to guilt, shame or embarrassment. EMDR uses stimulation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain in order to help reprocess memories that have become “stuck”. Clients often describe that it feels like a “tidying” or a “spring clean” of whole chains of memories directly and less directly linked to the traumatic event(s). When EMDR has worked well, clients say they still know that everything happened the way it happened, but they are less distressed thinking about the events. It feels ok to move forward. Instead of holding a core belief of, for example, “I’m not safe”, it may have changed to “I’m safe enough”, or from “I am unlovable” to “I am lovable”.
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