Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an extremely effective therapy treatment for anxiety, some forms of depression, PTSD, and other issues. It is essentially a fast track therapy – studies show that distressing symptoms can be alleviated more rapidly with EMDR than with talk therapy alone.
I became interested in EMDR when I saw the research on its effectiveness in treating a wide range of issues. It’s a fascinating therapy treatment that really works. Click here to contact me to find out more.
It comes back to the nature versus nurture debate. We are born with a predisposition to certain things – maybe a parents was depressed so we are more likely to be predisposed to depression. From a nurture point of view, we are all impacted by things that happen to us, good and bad. For instance, maybe our depressed parent was irritable or regularly took to their bed. This will have influenced how we see ourselves and how we view the world. Many events, whether big or small and particularly if they’re distressing, get stored in our brain. They are filed away along with the emotions, body sensations, and beliefs we held about ourselves at the time of the event. Negative, upsetting events can get stuck and remain unprocessed due to the high level of disturbance experienced at the time. This could be a major event like an assault or accident, or it could be a much smaller event like a parent being critical, or being unavailable because they were in bed.
This all gets stored in our brain and goes on to inform our reaction to present triggers. Our reaction to these triggers can get in the way of relationships and our emotional well being. EMDR helps us make better sense of what happened and we can start to think of it more ‘adaptively’ (in a healthier way) so that we can start to heal.
Interestingly, EMDR is often used to improve sports performance when negative beliefs might be impacting a person’s achievements. Imagine a football player making a bad play that affects the score in a major game. They might start believing they’re not good enough. EMDR targets this and helps them manage the thoughts that could be holding them back. As you can imagine EMDR is also effective in coaching creative artists and business executives. It is proven to make a positive difference to a person’s performance.
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