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EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a method of trauma therapy which is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and

the World Health Organisation (WHO).

EMDR involves using side to side eye movements (or tapping) combined

with talk therapy in a specific and structured format. 

Treatment helps process negative images, emotions, beliefs and body sensations associated with traumatic memories that seem to be stuck. These can contribute to a range of mental health problems.  The approach may be best know for treating symptoms of PTSD, but significant results have been seen with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, addictions, childhood and adult traumatic experiences, problem behaviours, relationship issues, phobias,

excessive grief and managing difficult emotions.

Whilst memories will not be forgotten EMDR helps people to see things from a different perspective and relieves the symptoms and distress that they are suffering.  Successful EMDR treatment lowers emotional distress, changes negative beliefs and thoughts and lowers the level of psychological agitation through reducing nervous system arousal (which means it helps calm your nervous system).

I guide my clients' through a specific structured process which kickstarts the healing process but its important to note that the client guides the pace and is in full control of what is happening.  I will always take time to prepare the client for the process and gather all the necessary information in the initial consultation session.

 

EMDR can be effective in as little as 6 sessions but will depend on the client and the circumstances.

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