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EMDR and How It Can Resolve Stress and PTSD

Thursday, June 19, 2014  
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By Aubyn De Lisle MUKCP, BACP Reg.

Posted on Counselling Directory (http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/)

EMDR is the abbreviation for "eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing". It is quite a mouthful for something that looks, at least on the surface, very simple. Used appropriately the approach can be very helpful as a tool in counselling and psychotherapy to resolve post traumatic symptoms and to unblock trapped emotions and thoughts.

There is a substantial and growing body of research and authentication for the efficacy of EMDR when compared with CBT and 'eclectic therapies'. For example to quote the World Health Organization's (2013) guidelines for the management of conditions that are specifically related to stress: "Trauma-focused CBT and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD. Like CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR therapy aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive cognitions related to the traumatic event. Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework." 

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