Our brains are very clever at keeping us safe in difficult times. It can protect us from feeling too distressed all the time. However this helpful mechanism can be counterproductive once the threat is in the past.
When we have had bad experiences our brains do not always neatly think these through and leave them behind. This technique helps our brains find all relevant bits of the experience (some of which we have forgotten and some of which may be linked to other experiences) and links them together in a way that helps us recall things more clearly and in a less emotional way than before.
This technique requires minimal discussion of the content of past experiences so is suitable for where talking openly is more difficult, where recall is painful or where we don’t have the words to explain. It uses eye movement or tapping gently on hands to help with the joining up process of memories.
This can be a very quick and effective process compared to some other treatments. It is very effective where difficulties are holding you back from reaching your potential and/or where memories are repeatedly playing in your mind.