EMDR is a means of assisting the brain to reprocess disturbing thoughts and memories that are causing an individual to experience problems in their day to day life.
In the UK EMDR is recommended as the treatment of choice for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and by the CREST report in Northern Ireland.
The distressing effects of trauma (such as flashbacks, disturbing thoughts and negative feelings) can be alleviated by stimulating the eye movements of an individual while they focus on the traumatic event.
EMDR treatment may involve either the stimulation of eye movements, or the tapping of alternate ides of the body. It is the alternate stimulation of each side of the brain (bi-lateral stimulation), rather than eye movements specifically, that produces the therapeutic effect. Since its beginnings EMDR has evolved into a treatment for a wide range of emotional problems including:
It is also used as an effective performance enhancer in both sports and the arts.