In the UK, EMDR is now recommended by NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being one of the most effective ways of helping people overcome effects of trauma. It is increasingly being recommended for other issues too including depression, phobias and fears, anxiety and low self – esteem.
Having undertaken the EMDR training in 2019, I have been very excited to integrate this approach within my work with those clients that may benefit from it. The decision to use EMDR is very much client led, and always begins with a discussion about the appropriateness and potential usefulness of this within the therapeutic work. Further information about this can be found below and I am more than happy to discuss this with you further if you’d like to get in touch. Please see contact detail page.
What is EYE Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)?
When something traumatic happens to you, your mind may continue to hold onto it in a way that includes the original picture, sounds, feelings, sensations and thoughts or any combination of the above. It seems like the trauma/experience is locked inside and it can be triggered by many different things or people that you encounter throughout the day and /or night. These old experience can still cause a great deal of discomfort and emotional pain. At times, you may feel helpless because you are not able to control what is happening in your mind or body. That is because you are experiencing the effects and sensations that are connected with this old experience.
Recent research on how the brain makes sense of new information has found that rapid eye movements of sleep (REM) help in processing the events of the day. EMDR utilises these eye movements, whilst awake, to help overcome the psychological after – effects of trauma. Research has shown that the eye movements help the right and left hemispheres of the brain communicate and process psychological difficulties.
£55 per 1 hour session / £70 per 1.5 hour session
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy developed in the 1980s by American psychologist Francine Shapiro. Whilst walking in a park, Shapiro made a chance observation that certain eye movements appeared to reduce the negative emotion associated with her own traumatic memories. When she experimented, she found that others also exhibited a similar response to eye movements. After further study and experimentation, EMDR was developed.