EMDR

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing

EMDR is an extremely successful and effective treatment for Trauma and disturbing experiences, with the goal of reducing your distress in the shortest period of time.  EMDR stimulates the information in the brains processing system, transforming your emotional health and resolution of the trauma(s)

What happens in trauma or in a disturbing event is that the person may have become overwhelmed and aspects of the trauma may not get processed like they do in normal memory.

To give you an idea about this, when working with my clients and talking about how memory works, I invite them to recall a specific ‘happy event’. The client describes the event, recalling imagery, noises, smells, and feelings, maybe even tastes. After they have told me about the event the memory then gets re stored away for future recall. All or many aspects of the event are recalled and stored away again – a natural process.

In trauma and being overwhelmed, aspects of the distressing event in memory do not get stored correctly and appear to be ‘frozen in time’ on a neurological level. This presents itself in a number of symptoms as explained on my PTSD and trauma leaflet.

With the use of EMDR, there is a strict 8 phase treatment plan where I target specific areas that the client will have explained to me through the assessment process. These stages include the use of eye movements or other forms of left and right alternating stimulation, along with relaxation exercises, guided visualisations and breathing techniques.

An overview of the 8 stage process includes: History taking, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body Scan, closure and re-Evaluation.

If you would like to know more about EMDR or PTSD (post traumatic stress), please  contact me or visit the tab 'Post Traumatic stress'. Here you will be able to download a short overview of PTSD, which includes details of proven therapies.