What is EMDR?

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Impact of EMDR

 

EMDR stands for eye movement desensitisation processing. EMDR therapy is a powerful psychotherapy technique which has been very effective in helping people deal with trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-intensive to treat. EMDR therapy is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.

How does EMDR work?

 EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which activates both sides of the brain, and accesses emotional experiences that are frozen in the memory network. This assists the neurophysiological system in forging associations and links with the adaptive memory network to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself. 

Scope of EMDR applications:

 

EMDR therapy is also useful for a whole range of clinical applications which include:

 

  • Executive Coaching/Peak performance
  • Phobias 
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Low self esteem
  • Childhood abuse
  • Performance and test anxiety
  • Physical/Sexual abuse
  • Marital relationship difficulties
  • Sleep disturbances, especially nightmares
  • Sexual assault victims
  • Sexual addiction/deviation
  • Dissociative disorder or traits
  • Negative body image
  • Pathological gambling
  • Victims of crime
  • Victims of natural and manmade disasters
  • Victims of accident, surgery and burnt victims
  • Victims of marital and sexual dysfunction

EMDR Demonstration

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EMDR publications by Dr Matthew Woo

Emdr processing of chronic fatigue syndrome_Journal of psychology and clinical psychiatry_March 10 2017Download
MOH CPG_May 2015Download
Processing of nightmares_MatthewWoo_Oct 2014Download