Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

EMDR treatment is a type of systematic psychotherapy that is utilised primarily to treat people who have gone through traumatic or upsetting experiences. The theory underlying EMDR is that unprocessed traumatic memories can get “stuck” in the brain and cause a variety of mental and emotional problems.

Clients with traumatic experiences frequently report experiencing disruptions and flashbacks to earlier occurrences.
Unresolved memories can show up as PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other trauma-related disorders.

The brain is constantly attempting to find solutions. These could include queries like “All my friends are dead; why am I still alive?” for a person going through PTSD. The mind will demand an answer to a query like this one. Thus, the subject continues returning to the incident, whatever it was. However, if the query is deemed significant enough, it doesn’t give up searching if it is unable to locate the solution or accept it. It keeps returning. This attempt to revisit the incident may cause flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and recurring dreams.

EMDR uses the brain’s innate ability to heal and process traumatic experiences to treat the persistent PTSD clients suffer.

What do EMDR sessions entail?

During an EMDR session, the therapist guides the patient through a series of standardised procedures designed to stimulate bilateral brain activity. This bilateral stimulation can be achieved through various methods, with the most common being the side-to-side movement of the eyes.