EMDR is recommended for PTSD by NICE/WHO. It has also been successfully used to treat
anxiety and panic attacks
trauma following sexual abuse
self-esteem and performance anxiety
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) mimics the natural healing process of the mind which occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
You will remain in control, fully alert and wide awake during treatment and REM will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist's finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field following the movement with your eyes. This action helps disturbing unprocessed memories to lose intensity by moving them to another part of the brain that is able to process the memory in a very natural way, reducing the trauma, emotions and physical sensations previously attached to that memory. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously and new insights are felt to arise quite naturally from within.
EMDR has helped over a million individuals. Its reliability and effectiveness has been established by rigorous research.