Thinking of trying EMDR?

As an “EMDR Practitioner”, qualified to work with adults and children, EMDR is one of the therapies I offer. Whilst it was originally developed for helping people to overcome traumatic experiences, it has since been found to be effective in treating a wide range of other concerns including:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Performance anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Chronic illness
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Pain
  • Addictions
  • Behavioural issues
  • Relationshiop issues

The first stage of EMDR therapy involves assessment of the current problems, and what the client wants to work on. Sources of support and techniques to stay grounded and manage difficult symptoms are also explored and practiced. A plan is made collaboratively, taking into account past experiences, how their effects are manifesting in the present, and the client’s hopes for the future. Techniques the client can use to stay well in the here and now are also explored and strengthened before embarking on processing. Once the client feels ready, EMDR processing can begin.

The process involves the client bringing a target memory to mind, and the therapist supporting them to make side-to-side movements with their eyes, arms or via tracking sounds or tactile stimulation. It is thought that these side-to-side movements help the mind to shift into a mode where it is able to process unpleasant memories, taking away their power. This does not mean that the memories are gone, but the client’s relationship with them shifts to a more manageable, healthy one. Some people describe it as shifting from having a traumatic, vivid and visceral memory to simply “something that happened”. They might also find that their physical symptoms, such as pain or tension, improve.

EMDR Association explanation video
Prince Harry talks about his experiences of EMDR

EMDR can be helpful for adults and children. Adaptations can be made for people at different developmental levels and with different sensory needs.

EMDR association explanation video for children

You are welcome to contact me if you would like to explore EMDR therapy options.

By charlie

I have worked therapeutically with people for over a decade across a wide range of settings, helping individuals, couples, families and groups across the full age range address their concerns with anxiety and mood, sleep, chronic health conditions and other issues.If you are considering therapy, please get in touch via the Contact Me page and we have an initial 20 minute consultation for free by phone or video call to discuss your concerns, and see if you would like to proceed with me.Psychological support offers the opportunity to introduce another mind to help with processing experiences or information that might be too emotionally charged to work through alone.