EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) therapy is a powerful, evidence-based method that involves bilateral stimulation of the brain, to harmonise and reset negative habits, beliefs, thoughts and memories.

EMDR clears old  memories stored in the amygdala, the stress centre of the brain, by ‘reprocessing’ and desensitizing them.  This is achieved through a series of eye movements that affect the working memory of the brain (dRPN).  This desensitization has been measured in brain scans that have demonstrated how neurons in the amygdala no longer light up when accessing a negative memory – and neurons in the more ‘balanced’ prefrontal cortex light up instead.

Hundreds of studies have shown that EMDR produces long-lasting and usually permanent results. The left hand image depicts a brain scan before EMDR, the right hand image after EMDR. Read more

It is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as well as many other global health bodies.

EMDR works very well in combination with a ‘future pacing’ relaxation recording that helps neurons grow in the direction of the life clients desire.  It is also ideal for clients  who prefer to keep their details private, as it isn’t necessary to speak about the details of a traumatic memory or event.

What’s involved in an EMDR + Visualization session?

Preparation:

Identification of past events that may have caused distressing thoughts or memories.  Establishment of the desired state of mind based on client feedback.

Desensitization:

EMDR process to reprocess and clear negative memories, thoughts or feelings. Emergence of positive beliefs once the negative has cleared.

Installation:

Strengthening of positive beliefs, followed by a relaxing vizualization  and future pacing to embed the desired state into the mind.  An MP3 is provided to reinforce new beliefs.

 

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