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Desensitisation and Reprocessing in EMDR

Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Desensitisation and Reprocessing in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a transformative approach in psychotherapy.

About Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Desensitisation and Reprocessing are at the heart of EMDR, a therapeutic approach designed to help people process traumatic memories. The method involves using bilateral stimulation, like eye movements, to lessen the emotional impact of painful memories and foster healing.

Key Features and Benefits

  1. Reduces the intensity of traumatic memories
  2. Enhances emotional regulation
  3. Promotes psychological resilience

Convenience and Flexibility

  1. Can be integrated into various therapeutic settings
  2. Adaptable to individual needs

About EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy specifically aimed at helping people alleviate the distress triggered by traumatic memories. This therapeutic approach uses bilateral stimulation, such as guided eye movements, to assist clients in processing and integrating these challenging memories.

How It Works

The EMDR process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Assessment of the client’s history and current experiences.
  2. Preparation, including explaining the EMDR process and establishing trust.
  3. Desensitisation through bilateral stimulation to reduce emotional distress.
  4. Reprocessing helps the brain reframe and integrate traumatic memories.


What is Desensitisation in EMDR?
Desensitisation involves reducing the emotional response to traumatic memories through bilateral stimulation.
What does Reprocessing mean in EMDR?
Reprocessing refers to the way the brain reinterprets traumatic memories, making them less distressing.
How long does EMDR therapy usually take?
The duration varies depending on individual needs, but it typically involves multiple sessions over several weeks.


  1. EMDR Institute – What is EMDR?
  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information – EMDR Therapy Overview
  3. Psychology Today – EMDR Therapy
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision