What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy technique designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. It is based on the understanding that psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been properly stored in the memory and are therefore ‘unprocessed’ or ‘blocked’ which makes them easily triggered, leading them to replay and cause repeated distress. EMDR helps these traumatic memories to become processed. EMDR is most suited for patients experiencing PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of reminders of the trauma and increased arousal.