Psychotherapy for Trauma using EMDR
Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a technique used primarily for treating traumas and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is based on the idea of having the client access the traumatic memory while inducing bilateral brain stimulation either by:
Stimulation through eye movements (patient is asked to follow therapist’s moving fingers; or the moving lights on a light box)
Stimulation through sounds (using variable clicks)
Stimulation through variable light taps on the palms
Recalling the distressing event while being asked to follow different finger movements (or following moving lights on a light-box); variable clicks, sounds or taps on the palms.
Throughout the process the client is asked to rate the level of distress exprienced on a scale of 1-10 while the therapist interweaves different kinds of stimulation to jolt the stuck memory and get it to process and move on.