what is emdr?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a powerful psychological treatment that was developed by American clinical psychologist, Francine Shapiro, in the early 1990s, to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffered by war veterans. It is supported by research that demonstrates the role of disturbing life events in the development of many forms of psychological and somatic illnesses (see Affifi et al., 2012; Felitti et al., 1998).
EMDR has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of adverse life experiences. Its theoretical basis is the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, which proposes that the primary source of mental health issues is the presence of memories of traumatic experiences that have not been processed properly.
You can find more information about EMDR here: www.emdrassociation.org.uk
EMDR recently featured on BBC Radio 4's program iPM recently. The program told the story of a woman revisiting intense memories of being bullied as a child, with the event at the early age of four. Click to listen here
I hold EMDR sessions at my practices in central Cardiff (Mondays) and Bristol (Tues, Wed, Thurs) as well as at The Priory, Bristol
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Felitti VJ, Anda RF, Nordenberg D, Williamson DF, Spitz AM, Edwards V, Koss MP, Marks JS. Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 1998;14(4):245–258. [PubMed]