EMDR is a type of counselling developed for people suffering from distress relating to traumatic memories and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the initial sessions, the client's history and an overall plan for the sessions is discussed. A disturbing memory to focus the counselling around is identified. During the subsequent sessions, the counsellor asks the client to focus on the negative memory at the same time as following a moving object with their eyes. The object moves alternately from side to side so that the client's eyes also move back and forth. After a set of eye movements, the counsellor will ask the client what has come up for them. They will then focus on the new thoughts while they complete another set of eye movements. The idea behind EMDR is that it creates new associations in the brain between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information and helps people to process traumatic memories.
EMDR is suited to people suffering from difficulties associated with traumatic memories.
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