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Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment that is based on the principle that the mind can heal itself naturally, particularly during sleep. In addition to its widespread use in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), EMDR has also been found to be effective in treating:

Southampton’s psychotherapist and counsellor Angela Marston has successfully used EMDR for many clients, ranging from single traumas to more ingrained obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety type symptoms. The validity and reliability of EMDR has been established by rigorous research and is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

EMDR treatment

EMDR can be brief focused treatment or part of a longer psychotherapy programme. Depending on the severity of the condition, anything from 6-18 EMDR sessions could be required.

Treatment for most programmes is usually provided on an inpatient basis, typically lasting for four weeks. However, the programme can vary in duration and content to suit individuals’ personal circumstances and lifestyle commitments. Furthermore, there may be circumstances where patients are referred onto secondary treatment should the need arise once primary treatment at Priory has been completed.

EMDR case study

A young man who had been involved in a collision whilst using public transport was still experiencing fear and anger over two years later. He could no longer attend college and could not leave the house without being accompanied; equally he could no longer sit in his bedroom on his own and listen to music as he had done before the accident. After eight sessions of EMDR he was able to go out and meet up with friends, his anger and fear had diminished and he was planning to either return to college or get a job. EMDR has allowed him to process the accident and move forward with his life.

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