EMDR for Depression

Depression is characterised by a negative view of oneself and their future; it is one of the most common mental health disorders, and can affect us all. 

Depression is characterised by a negative view of past, self, and the future. Depression is usually diagnosed after the symptoms have affected the quality of life for over 2 weeks. 

Depression can be accompanied by an underlying trauma or constant fear of some sort, and there is a growing body of research evidence showing the EMDR approach to be an effective treatment for long term and major depression. 

Although depression is often consequential to underlying trauma and can be caused by trauma, it is, however not always the case. In EMDR either, or both, the trauma and/or other negative beliefs are targeted.

At Positive Mind Practice we determine the reasons behind the depression that causes it; this is followed by planning for the best treatment whether it would be CBT or EMDR or both in combination. The length of the treatment depends on the reason that causes depression.

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Myths about EMDR:

  • EMDR is a form of hypnosis? Wrong – EMDR is not hypnosis and has nothing to do with hypnosis. 
  • I cannot get better in one session? Wrong – We will never promise how many sessions it may take to support you through your journey, but we can assure you that you will receive the highest level of quality support from fully qualified and accredited therapists.   
  • EMDR makes you forget your memories? Wrong – You still remember past memories, however EMDR works to ensure that the memories that used to cause distress are no longer distressing. 

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