EMDR update.

5th Aug 2011

To further my development and to ensure that I am able to provide the best possible therapy for my clients I will be undertaking part one of EMDR in York in september 2011.


EMDR is now widely recognized as a first line treatment of trauma.


How it works.


Information processing system that assimilates new experiences into existing cognitive structures.  Memory networks – are the basis of perception, attitudes, values and behaviour. A current situation is perceived and linked with associated memory networks.  This allows us to make sense out of the new experience. What is useful is learned and stored in memory networks along with appropriate emotions. This is made available for guidance for the future.Problems can occur when an experience is inadequately processed – a traumatic incident may not be processed in the usual way and instead held in its own neural network (locked in with emotion / distress – encoded in a distressing state-specific form). This means that it cannot be linked with previous learning / memories. Unable to connect with more adaptive information found in other memory networks the original perceptions can be triggered by internal and external stimuli.


EMDR works to break up this information and process it into the long term memory… So youcan REMEMBER but not RE-EXPERIENCE.

The Neurobiological effect created during EMDR is not fully understood, however, it is currently theorized that EMDR recreates the processing similar to what happens during REM sleep.

Different forms of BLS (sounds, tapping, eye movement etc.).


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