EMDR and Ego-states therapy
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed by Francine Shapiro in 1987 and is a therapeutic method that now receives worldwide recognition, particularly in the field of trauma and PTSD (McGuire et al 2014). It uses eye movements and other stimuli to facilitate rapid processing of traumatic or upsetting past events that have been causing distressing symptoms to the patient.
The brain has a natural ability to heal psychological and emotional upset. It has been hypothesised that there is an information processing system that naturally promotes the assimilation and healing of negative emotional experiences and traumas (Oren and Solomon 2012).
The nature of EMDR processing is such that it may ‘uncover’ other areas that need processing with EMDR or other therapeutic approaches dependent on the original symptom (Hensley 2012):
• Anger and Rage
• Dermatological problems
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Eating disorders
Some of these symptoms could resolve spontaneously during the course of therapy.
EMDR and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
Any situation that a person finds traumatic can cause PTSD.
These can include:
serious road accidents
violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
a traumatic birth
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months or even years later. It's normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event, but most people improve naturally over a few weeks.
You should visit your GP if you or your child are still having problems about 4 weeks after the traumatic experience, or if the symptoms are particularly troublesome.
NHS recommends EMDR approach as a treatment
You can book an initial session here