Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

A powerful Psychological therapy developed by Dr Francine Shapiro, who is a clinical Psychologist.  

It is best known for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is recommended by NICE the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and the World Health Organisation (WHO) who also recognise its use with Children.  

Sometimes when we experience traumatic events the thoughts, feelings and memories we have about those events can get stuck and we can find it difficult to move on from them, we can re-experience what we saw, heard and felt at that time which can be extremely distressing. 

The aim of EMDR is to help the brain to process these distressing memories. This reduces their influence and enables us to be able to recall the memory without feeling the same levels of emotional upset.

EMDR follows an 8 Stage protocol part of which involves making side-to-side eye movements, usually by following a set of lights, while recalling the traumatic incident. These side-to-side movements appear to unstick the memory and allow normal processing to take place.

It can be used with a variety of Mental Health conditions including Anxiety and Depression, those who have witnessed or experienced a traffic or workplace accident, bullying, any type of abuse or neglect, the death of a loved one, surgical trauma, War related experiences and natural disaster. This is just an example of what EMDR can be helpful for if you do not see you problem listed please get in touch.  

EMDR is a complex therapeutic process and should only be delivered by relevantly trained individuals 

Sessions are usually held weekly and can be 50- 90 minutes