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What is EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a unique, powerful therapy designed to help people recover from problems, triggered by traumatic events in their lives. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly.

EMDR is best known for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but is commonly used to treat a range of mental health conditions in people of all ages.

It is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

EMDR further information

First identified and then developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1950s, EMDR is now accepted as a treatment of choice for both minor and major trauma. It is a therapeutic intervention using bilateral stimulation to facilitate processing, of partially processed and partly understood life events.

Psychological blocking of emotions, relating to overwhelming or threatening events is a natural protective mechanism. This happens either because, at the time of the event, we are too immature to fully understand what is happening or because to fully process the event would cause overwhelming emotional trauma.

EMDR follows a specific protocol and requires a trained practitioner to monitor and manage the process sensitively. EMDR gives you access to insights and understandings which helps you to overcome fears and to banish harmful beliefs about yourself and change unhelpful behaviour patterns. It is therefore a process which enables you to heal yourself.

EMDR sessions are normally an hour and a half in duration.

Range of Mental Health Issues Treated With EMDR

  • Single, multiple, ongoing, and complex trauma
  • Anxiety disorders including phobias, OCD, and panic disorder
  • Traumatic loss, bereavement, and grief
  • Recent alarming events and acute trauma
  • Depression
  • Pain management
  • Performance enhancement
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Addictions and substance misuse
  • Dissociative disorders

EMDR Practitioner Accreditation is a mark of competence and trustworthiness as an EMDR therapist.

I have completed a comprehensive EMDR Europe training, have over 3 years practical experience and ongoing supervision from an experienced EMDR Europe Consultant.

Working with me means you can feel confident, knowing that I have reached a benchmarked level of post qualification experience and expertise.