Types of therapy

At Paracelsus Recovery, we include Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) into many of our treatment programmes. EMDR is effective in treating numerous mental health conditions, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Symptoms can ease after only a few sessions making it one of the most efficient treatment methods available.

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EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to ease the symptoms of trauma-related stress and anxiety. When we experience trauma, whether that’s as a result of divorce, the loss of a loved one, a life-threatening experience, financial loss or any other painful situation, it is common to feel unable to talk about the event. Each time we remember the experience we can feel overwhelmed by the painful emotions it triggers and become unable to process the event and its associated emotions.

During EMDR therapy, the individual purposely recalls traumatic memories while the therapist directs their eyes in a side-to-side movement. In so doing, their attention and heightened alertness to danger are elsewhere. This distraction allows the images and feelings associated with the traumatic event to arise without overpowering the mind.

As a result, the brain can start its natural process of healing and the individual can begin to examine traumatic memories in a more reflective and critical manner. Sessions can be emotionally draining as sadness, grief, anxiety and fear are released. However, this ‘release’ is highly beneficial for our mental health as it is our brain processing the event and loosening its control over our lives.

Nonetheless, while EMDR is a highly effective treatment method, it is not a replacement for other forms of therapy. At Paracelsus Recovery, EMDR trauma-treatment is incorporated into the treatment plan when appropriate. EMDR therapy is one aspect of our all-encompassing residential treatment plan with sessions conducted by qualified and highly skilled EMDR practitioners. Before any sessions begin, the therapist will help you decide upon specific EMDR goals and a treatment plan.

You can read more about EMDR treatment on our blog.

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FAQs

EMDR is a highly effective treatment method for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). EMDR therapy activates our brain’s natural desire to heal, which can be disrupted by PTSD. It encourages the mind to heal from its psychological trauma in a manner akin to how the body recovers from physical trauma.

Francine Shapiro, the psychologist who invented EMDR in the 1980s, had always intended that EMDR would treat the anxiety triggered by trauma. As such, it is an effective treatment method for generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

Studies show that while EMDR is primarily used to treat PTSD or trauma, it can also be a powerful therapeutic tool in treating major depressive disorder (MDD).

EMDR therapy is an entirely non-invasive and safe treatment procedure. Nonetheless, EMDR is a very emotionally draining experience and can lead to a temporary increase in distressing memories, flashbacks and nightmares as your brain works through the traumatic experience. The heightened awareness of thought it produces can also cause light-headedness.

When required, Paracelsus Recovery can provide EMDR treatment in London and Zurich.