Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) - What is it and how does it work?

Life can be challenging, and at times, we encounter experiences that leave lasting emotional scars. Whether it’s a traumatic event, anxiety, phobias, or distressing memories, these emotional wounds can impact our daily lives and overall well-being. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a transformative approach to healing that offers hope to those seeking relief from their emotional burdens. In this article, we’ll explore what EMDR therapy is, how it works, and how it can be a valuable tool in the journey toward emotional healing and resilience.

Understanding EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy might sound complex, but it’s actually a structured and research-based form of psychotherapy designed to help individuals process and overcome distressing memories, emotions, and experiences. EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing,” which essentially describes the therapy’s core components.

How EMDR Works

1. Assessment: Before starting EMDR therapy, you and your therapist will first discuss your personal history and identify specific memories or issues you’d like to work on. It’s like opening the door to your emotional closet.

2. Bilateral Stimulation: EMDR involves a unique aspect called bilateral stimulation. This can take the form of eye movements, hand-tapping, or auditory tones. The therapist guides you in focusing on these alternating sensations, which help activate the brain’s natural healing mechanisms.

3. Processing: While focusing on the bilateral stimulation, you’re encouraged to let your mind wander and notice whatever comes up, like scenes from a movie. This process allows you to explore and reprocess your memories and emotions, helping them lose their emotional charge.

4. Resolution: Over time, the emotional intensity attached to the troubling memory lessens, making it easier to view the experience from a more balanced and less distressing perspective. It’s like rewriting the narrative of your life story.

How EMDR Can Be Helpful

1. Trauma Healing: EMDR therapy is particularly effective for individuals who have experienced trauma, such as accidents, abuse, or combat. It can help reduce the emotional distress and intrusive memories associated with traumatic events.

2. Anxiety and Phobias: If you struggle with anxiety, panic attacks, or specific phobias, EMDR therapy can help you uncover and address the root causes of these issues. It can assist you in desensitizing to triggers and managing your anxiety.

3. Enhancing Resilience: EMDR therapy doesn’t just heal old wounds; it can also enhance your emotional resilience, making you better equipped to handle life’s challenges. It’s like an emotional workout for your mind.

4. Personal Growth: EMDR therapy can help you let go of self-limiting beliefs and emotional barriers, allowing you to reach your full potential and live a more fulfilling life.


EMDR therapy is like a ray of hope for those carrying the weight of past traumas and emotional distress. It provides a structured and compassionate path to healing, offering a way to reprocess distressing memories and emotions and restore emotional balance. If you’re considering EMDR therapy, remember that it’s a journey toward self-discovery, resilience, and personal growth. With the guidance of a skilled therapist and an open heart, you can find the healing and relief you seek, moving towards a brighter and more emotionally balanced future.

Related Articles

Does EMDR therapy work online?
Research suggests that Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy delivered online...
Read More
We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience. By clicking "Accept" you consent to our use of cookies. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active

Who we are

Our website address is: http://drrobpsychology.co.uk.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where your data is sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Save settings
Cookies settings
Scroll to Top