I am currently training in a therapy, known as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
This approach aims to facilitate the processing of traumatic or disturbing memories that impact on someone’s capacity to live life in the way they would wish.
EMDR treatment is particularly effective for dealing with post traumatic stress after an incident such as an accident or injury and has demonstrated benefits for people who have suffered childhood trauma.
The treatment at the core of EMDR involves the bilateral stimulation of the brain through eye movements, sounds or physical tapping. This stimulation has the effect of diminishing the intensity of a traumatic memory which also facilitates its integration with other experiences.
A helpful aspect of the approach is that during the bilateral stimulation associated memories of the experience, which had been forgotten, may come to mind which help with this process of integration.