A therapeutic approach that helps people to understand how behaviour, thoughts and feelings are connected. By helping to change how people think about themselves they can change how they feel and behave.
It can be used to address a number of problems and is recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety related problems.
This approach helps an individual process memories, feelings, beliefs and physical sensations linked to traumatic events that have become “stuck", and are frequently experienced by the brain and nervous system as if the event is still happening.
Through bilateral stimulation traumatic memories of such events are no longer painful when brought to mind. What happened can still be recalled, but it is no longer upsetting. EMDR is recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Clients are enabled to talk about their worries in a private, supportive setting. The technique doesn’t involve giving advice, but helps clients develop insights into their own situation, behaviours and emotions, helping them to clarify thoughts and decision-making.
Clients take much of the responsibility for the treatment process, placing the therapist in a non-directive role. The technique focuses on conscious thoughts and is based on the client being the best person to understand and address their own problems, with the therapist listening, but not making any judgements.
The mindfulness technique focuses on helping the client become aware of feelings and thoughts as they arise and accepting them without reacting to them.
It is designed to interrupt automatic processes within the individual, which in turn helps break previous patterns that may have triggered depression and anxiety.
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