Eye Movement Desensitization And Reprocessing








What is EMDR

Stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a method of trauma therapy developed in the late 1980's by clinical psychologists Dr Francine Shapiro. Since the mid-1990's EMDR has successfully been used as a method of trauma therapy and is also increasingly being used in training, councelling and coaching. EMDR is a method that accelerates the processing of traumatic, frozen memories and resolves fixed behavioural patterns. EMDR is based on the humanistic approach ( see Carl Roger's client-centred therapy), which assumes that humans have a natural desire to grow and integrate experiences, a desire which can develop in a safe setting. The guided EMDR process supports the precise observation and differentiated experiencing of internal process as well as a reflective understanding and acceptance of links and connections. Clients often report spontaneous insights into themselves which are linked to the traumatic memories, which empower them to comprehend new feelings, thoughts and actions.

Creation of EMDR

American clinical psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro noticed during a walkin the park that her distressing thoughts disappeared and their negative effects were lessened when she moved her eyes back and forth between the trees. Following this experience she tested the effect of deliberate eye movements on her self while concentraiting on distressing thoughts. The positive changes observed led her to extend her experiments with induced eye movements to friends and acquaintances with no known psychiatric disorders. They were instructed to focus on negative thoughts and the effects associated with these thoughts, while following the movements of Shapiro's fingers with their eyes. Encouraged by the success of these further tests, Shapario developed a standard procedure which she called EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitization). At the end of 1987 she tested the efficacy of EMDR in an empirical examination on patients diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The published results (see Journal of Traumatic Stress, Shapiro 1989)showed a significant decrease in levels of stress in the treatment group when compared to the control group. In California between 1987 and 1991 Shapiro further developed the method into what is now the EMDR method. She first employed EMDR in 1989 for therapeutic work with war trauma victims. Since the mid-1990's EMDR has sucessfully been used as a method of trauma therapy worldwide.

 (EMDR Centre London) 

Alan, based at The Therapy Centre, has attended EMDR training in 2018 with the EMDR Centre in London. Alan is quallified in other areas which well places him to
be a
fabulous deliverer of EMDR therapeutic sessions and has already achieved great success in treating serious trama cases. Alan has a deploma in Clinical Hypnosos, is a Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, is Emotional Freedom Therapy Practitioner and has level 3 in Counselling skills, amongst many other qualifications.


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