EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and is especially effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as a range of mental health conditions including anxiety, phobia and depression.
EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response. Over time, this technique can lessen the impact these distressing memories or thoughts can have.
EMDR is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped over a million individuals. The validity and reliability of EMDR has been established by rigorous research. There are now nineteen controlled studies into EMDR making it the most thoroughly researched method used in the treatment of trauma and it is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD.