Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a recognised treatment that helps you process and recover from past negative experiences such as PTSD, traumatic symptom. substance misuse and mental health



EMDR is thought to imitate the psychological state that we enter when in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Studies show that when in REM sleep we are able to make new associations between things very rapidly. Designed to tap into this high-speed processing mode that we all have, helping the brain to process the unresolved memories and make them less distressing.

This process requires clients to bring up distressing images, so one of the most important parts of the therapy is having resources to implement into your life between sessions. This could include strategies such a learning to create a calm place and a container to manage your emotions between sessions




EMD can be extremely useful for addiction especially substance misuse. As well as processing the trauma that led to the behavior. The process can focus on the cravings, impulses, and compulsions using the feeling state protocol. The process helps identify the positive feeling state associated with the behavior (for example someone may associate drinking alcohol with feeling happy, desensitization then helps clients desensitize away from the rigid thinking that has been created over time and break the negative connection leading to a less desire to do the behavior.

An example using this process the aim would be to help clients lessen the urge to drink or binge on drugs which would start to them focus on recovery and a more stable life.

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Other Areas Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing can be successful with are 








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