The field of psychotherapy is constantly evolving and expanding to provide a range of different treatment options to assist clients with specific issues. In the last several decades, post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD has come to the forefront as a major mental health condition that millions of people around the world are struggling with. While there are several different psychotherapy techniques that can be used to treat PTSD and similar disorders, EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is one of the most effective.
The History Of EMDR
We are very happy to be able to provide EMDR in the Harley Street Office to our clients. EMDR is a relatively new technique developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD, in 1987. She discovered that, when stressed, if she moved her eyes from side to side, on a conscious level, the impact or the negative elements of the thoughts decreased and diminished.
Building on her personal experience, Dr. Shapiro began carefully controlled studies of her observation, using an initial group of 70 volunteers that were all experiencing symptoms of PTSD and similar mental health conditions. This initial group also included victims of trauma, another important group that EMDR is highly effective in treating any time after the traumatic event.
Her studies continued in clinical tests until 1995 when she published a full textbook on the methods she was using to treat patients. Her method, now used around the world, is recognized by the United States Department of Defense as one of the most effective ways in addressing PTSD in American soldiers returning from the battlefields.
EMDR in the Harley Street office uses the methods outlined by Dr. Shapiro, and refined by our staff of trained, licensed, and highly experienced psychotherapists. Each psychotherapist will discuss treatment options with the client and fully explain the process, answering any and all questions to ensure complete comfort with the therapy.
Unlike some forms of talk therapy, EMDR at the Harley Street office does require the patient to follow the instructions of the psychotherapist through different stages. These stages involve thinking about the negative thoughts, developing positive alternative thoughts, practicing set patterns of eye movement, and then rating the change in the negative emotions experienced.
Most patients are very surprised to find that in just one session, the thoughts that were so traumatic and problematic have decreased in their negativity. While multiple sessions are required, the decreasing negative impact of previously troubling thoughts is very positive and very powerful in moving forward with treatment. Sessions are typically about fifty minutes in duration, but, with the structured format, they seem shorter for our clients.
As with all our services, while EMDR in Harley Street may be the focus of a specific treatment, we also use a holistic approach in the comprehensive treatment plan. Our staff will coordinate and carefully select psychotherapy techniques that will support the goals of the patient, and also support the development of effective coping mechanisms and behaviours.
Posted by : Philippe Jacquet