The American Clinical Psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro developed EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Regulation). It is approved in the United Kingdom by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an evidence-based treatment for trauma.
Substantial research has proven that EMDR is an effective treatment for individuals who have experienced trauma’s such as childhood sexual abuse, domestic or physical violence, natural disasters such as tsunami, man made disasters like bombings, road traffic accidents, surgical trauma, torture, war trauma, and workplace accidents. EMDR can also be an effective treatment for conditions such as pain management, phobias and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
In an EMDR session the brain is stimulated bi-laterally through eye movements, sound or tapping, as part of a comprehensive therapeutic approach with principles, protocols and procedures. This processing helps file away frightening and overwhelming memories that are intrusive and prohibitive to a healthy life. Working with distressing memories, feelings and sensations in a safe environment can help reduces the negative effect that such experiences have over our lives, leaving us free from trauma and all its symptoms. Both the brain and the body are impacted by and remember trauma while EMDR can offer lasting psychological and physiological relief.
“Where we look affects how we feel”
Brainspotting (BSP) has been in development since 2003 by EMDR Consultant David Grand, Ph.D. and is related to the practice of EMDR.
BSP makes use of the natural phenomenon of eye gazing, through its use of relevant eye positions. When trauma and it’s relevant memories are triggered, certain parts of the brain are activated, and externalised via the eyes to very specific eye positions. By working with these ‘Brainspots’ in a focused way, and within the support of the therapeutic relationship it is possible to tap into and harness the body’s natural self-scanning, self healing ability.
Brainspotting is an effective therapeutic tool, and can be used to process trauma, strengthen natural resources and resilience and enhance performance.