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When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. The distressing memory seems to become frozen on a neurological level. When a person recalls the distressing memory, the person will re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, and this can be quite intense. Sometimes the memories are so distressing, the person tries to avoid thinking about the distressing event to avoid experiencing the distressing feelings.

Some find that the distressing memories come to mind when something reminds them of the distressing event, or sometimes the memories just seem to just pop into mind. EMDR involves alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR. This seems to stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system.

In the process the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity, so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like ‘ordinary’ memories. The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes rapidly move from side to side. EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought. EMDR is recommended by NICE for the treatment of PTSD.

Caron is a Level 3 Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and member of EMDR association for UK & Ireland, working in the NHS.

For further information or to book an appointment please contact Caron directly on:

07437 789172

Please check that your therapist is working as a regulated therapist for practising EMDR, by searching their register using the link below.

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