I offer EMDR to both adults and children. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a relatively new therapy which has been shown to be very effective in treating trauma, it is also used for a range of other issues including, anxiety, phobia, depression and improving performance. EMDR is a well-researched, well-supported therapy that is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The therapist uses bi-lateral (left/right) stimulation to stimulate the brain into reprocessing old information. This usually involves the client following the therapist’s hand with their eyes, but tapping or clicking on the left and right hand side of the body can also be used. EMDR techniques shift negative thoughts and feelings linked with past experiences to allow the client to move forward. Client and therapist talk briefly about current difficulties and past history then agree suitable target memories for reprocessing.

Once a plan is prepared, reprocessing can happen quite quickly and the client is released from negative thoughts or feelings which have been holding them back. EMDR is particularly useful approach for people who do not like to talk about their experience. In fact, it is possible to work on issues that are not discussed with the therapist. When people use EMDR to work on issues they feel unable to discuss they usually feel ok to talk about them afterwards. Because EMDR is more about reprocessing experiences than talking about them, it is also suitable for quite young children who have not developed the language or thinking needed for talking therapies.

EMDR Can Help With…

  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Phobia
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Pain management
  • Distress
  • Performance anxiety
  • Compulsions
  • Addiction
  • Past abuse