EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
EMDR is one of the main approaches I use when considering working with Trauma. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are a result of disturbing life events/ trauma. It works by the client tracking the therapists hand with their eyes which dual processes information within the brain. I offer this to both adults and children. It replicates the movements from REM sleep which is the body's natural way of processing information.
I also utilise other approaches that I have discussed in previous sections such as NLP.
What happens when we suffer significant life events?
If we think of our brain as a large computer. Most of the time our mind and body manage information automatically processing new information and experiences without conscious awareness. However, when something significant occurs and you are traumatised by an overwhelming event (e.g an accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress(e.g. childhood abuse) your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. This overloading means that it is stored in the wrong part of your brain (Limbic system- linked with 'fight flight freeze emotional responses) and means some experiences remain "unprocessed". This are often stored in 'raw' emotional form and not 'story' verbal mode. Memories can be continually triggered when you experience events similar to the difficult experiences you have been through. EMDR helps create the connections between your brain's neural pathways meaning that the memory can be processed and no longer in the fight/flight/freeze part of the brain.