EMDR is a psychological therapy that was developed to address the disturbance caused by traumatic and difficult life experiences. This may be a single event trauma – such as road traffic accident or an assault. EMDR is also used to treat more complex problems, such as those that arise from childhood abuse or repeated events, like bullying.
EMDR works on three elements; the past, the present and the future.
The bad memories that have led to the present day problems are first resolved. The next phase is to work through and address present day difficulties. EMDR concludes by enabling the client to establish a preferred response to future challenges.
EMDR works in a cognitive, physiological and emotional way. This means that memories from early infancy can be addressed and resolved. Russell Wharton has undergone specialist training with Dr. Sandra Paulsen on working with very early childhood trauma.
EMDR is a versatile approach that be used not only to address historic trauma, but as a means of personal enhancement and self-development.
When used correctly, EMDR is a potent psychological therapy. Clinicians practicing EMDR should be supervised by an EMDR Consultant / EMDR practitioner working towards consultancy. Accreditation with EMDR Europe ensures your therapist has met the professional standards and experience required to deliver this approach.
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EMDR is empirically validated and recommended by NICE (2005) and World Health
Organisation (2013) for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).