EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful psychotherapy technique used in the treatment of psychological trauma arising from a diverse range of traumatic life experiences. It is effectively used to treat PTSD and other mood/anxiety disorders such as Depression, Phobias and Panic Disorder.

These conditions are difficult and time-consuming to treat, and often involves having to share difficult details of the specific trauma, however, EMDR is different in so much as you will not be asked to discuss the traumatic event or experience in detail, as the emotions and feelings of the event are what is important.

I will teach you techniques to handle any emotions or feelings you may experience during the session or afterwards. This is an important stage as it allows you to ‘unpack’ during sessions, but still go on with your daily life afterwards.

Together we will work through ‘safe space’ and ‘container’ exercises in order to allow you to process the emotions at the appropriate time and have control over them rather than them control you. This is both a liberating and life changing experience enabling you to take back control. You will be able to utilise these skills and coping mechanisms every day, whenever you come across stressful situations in the future.

EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.

The technique uses a natural function of the body, rapid eye movement, or REM, as its basis. The human mind uses REM during sleep time to help it process daily emotional experiences. When trauma is extreme, this process breaks down and REM sleep doesn’t bring the usual relief from distress. This is where EMDR comes in. EMDR is the next step or, you might say, an advanced stage of the REM processing.

EMDR sessions tend to work quickly and can have positive, long-term effects upon your well-being, helping you to move from emotional distress to a peaceful resolution of the issues or events involved.

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