Kate Garraway reveals she's had the same EMDR therapy as Prince Harry to cope with husband Derek Draper's health battle
KATE Garraway revealed she's had the same EMDR therapy as Prince Harry to cope with her husband Derek Draper's health battle.
The Duke of Sussex demonstrated a session of the therapy during his documentary, The Me You Can't See, which involves recalling traumatic memories while making eye movements.
It is commonly a treatment used for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Good Morning Britain host Kate told co-star Ranvir Singh and Dr Amir Khanthat she also uses the therapy following her husband Derek's year-long battle with Covid.
He is the longest suffering Covid patient and was receiving 24 hour care in hospital for a year.
She said on Friday: "It's called Eye Movement Desentisiation Reprocessing, a bit of a mouthful, I actually had a little bit of this.
"It's not a million miles away from Cognitive Behavioural, processes like this.
"Less to do with therapy where you talk about your childhood, it's more practical."
Dr Amir explained: "People generally when they have had traumatic life experiences have a tendency to bury it away in their minds, and in their brains, and it stops them from healing.
"They then get things like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and what this therapy aims to do is unlock some of that.
What is EMDR?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) states that EMDR therapy can help you process experiences that are having an impact on your mental health and wellbeing.
It can help process negative images or emotions a person associates with a certain memory.The therapy can help you see things from a different perspective and can also help you relieve symptoms.
It can treat conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictions, behavioural difficulties, relationship issues and more serious mental illnesses such as psychosis and personality disorders.
"What we have seen there is Harry using external stimulus by tapping on his shoulder and therapist will ask the patient to focus on a traumatic memory, and while they are doing that they will either move their eyes veryquickly following their hands, or use external stimulus like tapping.
"The idea is the external stimulus stimulates the brain to process that memory and replace the emotions associated with that memory, it could be horror, depression or anxiety."
Prince Harry revealed he used the therapy as part of the "different forms of healing or curing".
Speaking on the new Apple TV show Prince Harry tells Oprah Winfrey that it had always been something he had wanted to try.
With his therapist Sanja Oakley, Prince Harry explains: "EMDR is always something that I wanted to try and that was one of the varieties of different forms of healing or curing that I was willing to experiment with.
"I never would have been open to that had I not put in the work and the therapy that I’ve done over the years".
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