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What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
EMDR is a structured evidence-based therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the traumatic memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the traumatic memories.
EMDR therapy follows a structured eight-phase approach:
Phase 1: History
Phase 2: Preparation for EMDR
Phase 3: Assessing and setting up a target memory
Phase 4: Desensitisation
Phase 5: Installation- reprocessing the memory and increasing association to positive thoughts network
Phase 6: Body scan
Phase 7: Closure and self-management
Phase 8: Re- evaluation
EMDR is often used in treatment of PTSD, Complex Trauma, Dissociative Disorders, Attachment Difficulties, Grief, Pain and Somatic Disorders, Panic, Phobias, OCD, Depression and Body Dismorphic Disorder.