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Eye Movement Desensitisation in EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a unique approach used to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories.

Overcoming Trauma

Many individuals struggle with distressing memories and trauma. Eye Movement Desensitisation involves the use of guided eye movements to process and diminish the emotional intensity of traumatic memories. This method helps in transforming how these memories are stored in the brain, leading to reduced psychological distress.

Understanding EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy method designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories through specific protocols, including Eye Movement Desensitisation.

Benefits of Eye Movement Desensitisation

This activity aids in reducing the impact of traumatic memories, leading to improved emotional well-being and mental health.

Mechanism of Eye Movement Desensitisation

By following the therapist’s finger movements with their eyes, clients engage in bilateral stimulation, which helps reprocess and integrate traumatic memories more adaptively.


What is Eye Movement Desensitisation?
Eye Movement Desensitisation is a method used in EMDR therapy that involves guided eye movements to process traumatic memories.
How does Eye Movement Desensitisation work?
It works by engaging bilateral brain stimulation through guided eye movements, which helps reprocess and integrate distressing memories.
What are the benefits of Eye Movement Desensitisation?
Benefits include reduced emotional distress from traumatic memories and improved overall mental health.


  1. Shapiro, F. (1989). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. Guilford Press.
  2. American Psychological Association. (2020). EMDR Therapy. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/treatments/eye-movement-reprocessing
  3. National Health Service. (2018). EMDR for PTSD. Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/treatment/
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision