EMDR therapy for trauma
EMDR is a treatment for trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
Psychological trauma is a mental condition that may follow a deeply distressing and upsetting experience. This may have been accompanied by severe shock, threat or perceived risk to life (yourself or others).
After we experience a traumatic or stressful event it is common to experience Post-traumatic Stress (PTS). Actually this is a normal "adaptive" reaction to a difficult situation and often the symptoms subside naturally after a few days or weeks. It may still be beneficial to seek counselling support during this difficult time but EMDR therapy may not be required.
However, sometimes the symptoms of trauma do not naturally clear. If they continue severely for over one month and are interfering with your daily life you may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Here the traumatic memories are believed to be stored in a "maladaptive" manner and this is where EMDR can help.
EMDR therapy has also been found to be beneficial with less obvious forms of trauma (known as "small-t trauma"). Examples include:
- adverse childhood life experiences
- panic and general anxiety disorder
- grief and mourning
- body dysmorphic disorder
- obsessive compulsive disorder