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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a brief, effective, evidence based treatment recognised by the National institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of chronic PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), but is now used for the treatment of other emotional disorders. EMDR is integrative approach that incorporates existing psychological methods from a wide range of psychological schools including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Analytical therapies. These are incorporated with an information processing model of how the brain stores and transports memories of disturbing experiences. At the core of the therapy is the bilateral stimulation that facilitates the processing of blocked memory, this often (though not necessarily) incorporates eye movement. The client is instructed to bring an aspect of their upsetting memory, usually an image, into their minds eye and "let go" of it whilst using sets of bilateral stimulation: the use of bilateral stimulation can rapidly allow the brain to process blocked memories and bring about lasting change in emotions.
EMDR Information The first civilian clinical outcome research on E.M.D.R. in the United States was published in The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1995, with a 15-month follow-up published in 1997 (Wilson, Becker and Tinker, 1995, 1997). The principal investigator was a dissertation student and the second author was her faculty adviser; both had been trained in a variety of approaches. The research reported a remission of 84 percent of those initially found to have P.T.S.D. resulting from a single trauma after three 90-minute sessions. The second randomized E.M.D.R. study of civilians (Rothbaum, 1997) was conducted by an established cognitive behavioral therapy researcher. It reported a 90 percent P.T.S.D. remission in sexual assault victims after three 90-minute sessions. The third civilian study was financed by Kaiser Permanente (Marcus et al., 1997, 2004) and reported that after an average of six 50-minute sessions, 100 percent of the single-trauma victims and 77 percent of the multiple-trauma victims no longer had P.T.S.D. The rest of the randomized studies to date have generally continued to show substantial success rates (termed “effective” by the researcher) with mixed trauma groups. Follow this link for a a full reference list

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