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Eye Movement Desenzitisation and Reprocessing

EMDR is an innovative treatment originally developed for treating traumatic memories, where people might be struggling with flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive thoughts, perhaps as a result of being in combat zones, or from violence or abuse.
The repetitive nature of flashbacks may represent the mind’s attempts to process a memory that can’t be fully understood or accepted. The person might feel as if they are re-living the trauma every time, rather than just remembering it, and it can be extremely alarming. It may leave them feeling the world is no longer safe, now experienced as threatening and dangerous, and that they don’t have effective ways to defend themselves.
EMDR allows the traumatic memory to be brought to mind in the safety of the therapeutic setting. This is done whilst following the therapist’s moving fingers, or sequences of lights, or other forms of bilateral stimulation (BLS). The eye movements may reproduce the emotional processing thought to occur during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep phases. The memory is processed and integrated and now becomes just a memory rather than a raw, unprocessed reliving of the traumatic experience.
EMDR also involves reconnecting with positive resources within ourselves – when we felt confident, capable and in control. Often these coping skills are lost when in the grip of trauma and EMDR processing can be used to bring these inner resources back. Rather than ‘freezing’ in the face of threat, we now become able to use our own strengths to deal with things.
The outcomes for EMDR are impressive. Its application has been extended to a range of other psychological conditions, sometimes in combination with other more conventional therapies. Like all therapies, it seeks to understand dysfunctional ways of relating to difficulty, and to enable people to live effectively again.

How we can help

  • Agoraphobia

  • Alcohol issues

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety and low mood

  • Assertiveness and self-confidence

  • Bereavement, grief and loss

  • Body image issues and body dysmorphia

  • Bullying and harassment

  • Childhood and historic abuse and trauma

  • Cocaine and other drug addiction

  • Couples counselling and marriage problems

  • Depression and unhappiness

  • Difficulties being a new parent

  • Difficulties with emotions and feelings

  • Eating disorders and issues over food

  • Family conflict

  • Family relationships with children and adolescents

  • Fears around getting older and mortality

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • Health anxiety

  • Loneliness and social isolation

  • Low mood and loss of motivation and purpose

  • Male identity and men’s issues

  • Marriage issues

  • Menopause and life changes issues

  • Mood swings

  • Obsessions and intrusive thoughts

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Panic Disorder

  • Professional and career difficulties

  • Postnatal depression and baby blues 

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Relationship breakdown, separation and divorce

  • Relationship issues and doubts

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

  • Sexual identity, gender issues, LGBTQ

  • Situational Depression

  • Social anxiety

  • Self-esteem and low confidence issues

  • Sleeplessness

  • Stress and feeling overwhelmed

  • Suicidal thoughts and Self-harm

  • Trauma and difficult experiences

  • Women’s issues

  • Workplace stress and professional issues

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