EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a leading treatment for most trauma, and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). It uses a technique to enable the brain to activate a past memory and re-process it in a healthier way. It focuses on the images, self-beliefs, emotions and physical sensations that you hold when you have not processed a trauma in a healthy way originally.

Examples of issues where EMDR can be helpful:

Phobias

Examples include:

 

  • Emetophobia

  • Arachnophobia

  • Fear of flying

Or any other fear that impacts your daily life.

Complex Grief

There is a natural process of grieving. EMDR helps with traumatic memories associated with loss.

Anxiety

EMDR can help to manage:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder

  • Health anxiety

  • Panic attacks

Birth Trauma

Any traumatic experience associated with birth, pregnancy or miscarriage. EMDR can be used with medical approval.

Abuse

Abuse can take many forms. For example, physical abuse, gas-lighting, sexual abuse. EMDR can help overcome the trauma of these experiences.

When we sleep deeply and process information from the day, our eyes move from side-to-side during our sleep cycle. This is called REM sleep. EMDR recreates this left to right eye movement when awake. This allows thoughts, feeling and memories to be re-processed as they should have done when the trauma happened. This can be used for past memories, current triggers and/or future fears.

I am European Accredited EMDR Practitioner, using EMDR within my psychotherapy practice.