Increasing numbers of people are investing in EMDR training in the UK. EDMR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is used to treat psychological traumas. The treatment is used to support people that have experienced things like accidents, abuse, neglect and war. If used effectively, EMDR therapy can apparently remove the symptoms of depression, anxiety and even physical pain. The treatment has in the past helped both children and adults.
Painful events diluted
Painful memories can be so potent that when they are recalled the experience can be as intense and unpleasant as the original event itself. This can mean that people attempt to either avoid recalling the memory altogether, or bury it in their subconscious. However, the memory can be triggered again here are some brain activities that aid cognitive thinking by various stimuli, even those that are seemingly unrelated to the event. These memories can be considerably more intense and ‘real’ than normal memories.
EMDR therapy aims to reduce the intensity of these memories so that when they are recalled, the experience is not as deeply unpleasant as it would otherwise be. The way that the brain is stimulated in a left-right manner alongside eye movements during EMDR appears to stimulate the brain’s ‘frozen or blocked information processing system’ and is perhaps comparable to REM sleep, during which Rapid Eye Movement occurs. Many people have said that EMDR has dramatically diluted the pain of their most distressing memories.
Seek out the professionals
EMDR therapy doesn’t just involve EMDR itself. During EMDR therapy you can expect a whole series of procedures to take place, with the overlying aim of improving mental well-being and reducing distress as quickly as possible. It is important to ensure that EMDR therapy is only provided by professionals who have undergone full EMDR training from an approved training organisation.
When EMDR therapy begins, clients can expect to be asked a series of questions about the current nature of their distress before the provider decides whether the treatment is right for them or not. On an EMDR course, would-be therapists are told how to provide relaxation exercises to their clients and how to provide EMDR therapy effectively.
A series of sessions
The left-right stimulation is usually orchestrated via targeted the eyes or through sounds coming from different directions. Whilst the stimulation is taking place, the therapist asks the client to think about an image that represents the event causing them distress. At first, thinking about the memory may be very painful indeed, but the therapist typically continues with the eye movements until the distress is reduced.
EMDR therapy usually takes place via a series of sessions, and whilst the treatment is taking place, some clients do cite prolific dreaming. Some say that they become able to recall aspects of an event that they had completely forgotten about. In any case, by the end of the therapy it is hoped that the client will feel no distress at all when recalling the previously painful event.
If you’re interested in attending an EMDR training course, there are several high quality course providers available, including EMDR Works. The profile of EMDR therapy is increasing all the time, and PTSD training or EMDR training can bring you the skills needed to help people overcome trauma and enhance their quality of life.