EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an innovative clinical treatment originated and developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1987.
EMDR is effective in treating individuals who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences, such as assault, road traffic accidents, war trauma, torture, natural or man-made disasters, sexual abuse and childhood neglect.
EMDR is also increasingly used to treat complaints which are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders.
EMDR is a complex method of psychotherapy which integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic approaches in combination with eye movements or other forms of alternative dual attention stimulation, such as alternative hand-tapping or alternative audio tones, which appear to stimulate the brain’s information processing system.
During EMDR treatment the client focuses on the disturbing memory in brief sequential doses, whilst simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus.
EMDR appears to facilitate the accessing of the traumatic memory network and the information is adaptively processed with new associations being made between the disturbing memory and more adaptive memory or information, leading to more complete information processing, alleviation of emotional and physiological distress and development of cognitive insights.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
EFT is a technique based on the meridian system (similar to acupuncture but without the use of needles) and is capable of helping mental, physical and emotional issues.
It was developed in the early 1990’s by Gary Craig and works on the principal that ” the cause of all negative emotion is a disruption in the body’s energy system”
By tapping on certain points on the face and upper body, blocks are released, thereby allowing the “chi” or energy in the body to flow freely again. Therefore alleviating emotional or physical distress / symptoms.