(Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)
WHAT IS EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences such as narcissistic abuse and childhood trauma and is now widely recognised as one of the best treatments for processing trauma, PTSD & Complex PTSD which majority of people who have been in a narcissistic relationship will have. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Memories of traumatic events and experiences can sometimes get stuck in the body called somatic memory and this can lead to physical and emotional reactions which is where the debilitating effects of PTSD and C-PTSD come in. The brain hasn’t time stamped the event into the past so every trigger that happens illicits an emotional and physical response because the brain perceives imminent danger and the nervous system reacts with fight/flight or freeze to protect oneself. However, you are not in any danger now and are safe but the memory has got stuck in the body. This is when illness and disease can occur as the body is producing cortisol and can lead to illnesses such as auto immune disorders, migraines, adrenal fatigue, gut issues, thyroid problems etc etc. Once the memory has been unstuck using the 8 step EMDR protocol, the brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing can resume. I have seen amazing results with my clients using EMDR to unstick the traumatic memories and RTT to upgrade the subconscious beliefs.
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