Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a new therapy that is producing some good results. There is less talking involved than in CBT.
It’s more of a physical treatment, but only for your eyes. You are asked to
follow the therapists fingers as they move them side to side in various
When you start you are asked to visualise a scene that’s affecting you and
think about how it makes you feel. You remember your image, follow the
fingers with nothing but eye movements and then report to the therapist
anything you can notice.
Thoughts, physical sensations, pain or even smells.
Anything you have become aware of you tell them.
It’s been described as having one foot in the past and one in the present. Any lingering trauma will surface and make itself known. It works on the theory that when someone has suffered a trauma, the events may not be processed by the brain properly. This is especially likely if you have had a cardiac arrest and there was no brain activity happening for a period of time. When a person dies their consciousness ceases instantly but the body shuts down more slowly.
Following fingers with your eyes creates an eye movement called bilateral
stimulation. It is the same rapid eye movement that your eyes make when you
are asleep in the REM processing stage. Therefore the movement is the link to
making your memory process properly.
When the negative memory or thought channel is processed to the point the
memory of it no longer hurts you in any way then you can safely say it’s
processed and finished. Then you move on with any other images that are
causing trouble to you in the same way.