Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective psychological treatment which is used to help clients overcome the impact of painful, distressing and traumatic experiences from the past which still interfere with their current functioning. Evidence is accumulating that EMDR can help people process traumas such as physical assault, sexual assault, accidents, childhood trauma, birth trauma, natural disasters, war related experiences, surgical trauma and other traumatic experiences.
I am increasingly using EMDR either as a standalone therapy or as an adjunct to my longer term work with clients. However, traumatic events are not always of the dramatic nature described above and can often involve repeated patterns of inter-personal relating which leaves an individual with low self esteem and feelings of worthlessness. EMDR can also help with these types of problems. The unique benefit of the application of EMDR is that it can often help people process traumas which they have been unable to in previous therapies due to feeling stuck or blocked, even if those treatments have greatly helped in other areas of their life.