Making The Difference

25th February 2024 


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective method of 'normalising' trauma. When a person has experienced a traumatic event this may become locked into the mind and the brain may 'replay' the trauma spontaneously in the form of flashbacks and the person may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These experiences can become fixed in the body-mind in the form of irrational emotions, blocked energy and physical symptoms.

Ordinary daily events seem to happen without leaving a mark on our lives. Traumatic events however can often get trapped and can form a perpetual blockage. Like a broken record, they can repeat themselves in our mind-body over and over again. Nightmares may be the mind's way of attempting to process this information, but the trauma memory always lasts beyond the dream.

Traumatic experiences, when locked in the mind, can exacerbate anxiety and prevent a person from moving forward and escaping from the prison of fear.

EMDR can help the traumatised to feel what is true for them. It can help a person to develop and attune to their own inner wisdom. EMDR clears away the clutter so that a person can normalise their experience. It allows the 'locked' information to pass through the mind, processing and normalising it. The therapist follows and facilitates the clients' process without interpretation or judgement. This enables the person to observe and report their experiences with less fear and aversion, listening to themselves.

In EMDR therapy people develop and strengthen their sense of truth and inner wisdom by reprocessing the old traumatic material in a structured and safe way.

I will be pleased to explain the principles and procedures of EMDR if you would like further clarification.