Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

“EMDR is a technique specifically tailored to help decrease the symptoms experienced in the wake of a traumatic experience.  Most of us have traumatic experiences at one time or another.  Such experiences tend to leave deep traces in our physical and emotional functioning, so that we can feel as though we are still affected by an event that lies a long way in the past.  EMDR is very successful in helping to erase the traces of such experiences, so that although we still remember them, they lose the power to affect us strongly.  EMDR can also be used to decrease the symptoms of phobias.  An initial assessment will be made to see whether EMDR is the right approach for you.  After that, improvements in symptoms are often seen after just two or three sessions, or it may take longer.  EMDR may also be a part of a longer psychotherapeutic process if and when it seems a good idea.”  – Kathrin Stauffer, Body and Humanistic Psychotherapy in Cambridge, www.stauffer.co.uk