What is Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy ?(EMDR)

Having added EMDR therapy to my psychotherapy practice and seeing first hand the positive results it is achieving with clients. I wanted to share some brief information on this specific therapy so here goes!

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a unique, powerful therapy that helps people recover from problems triggered by traumatic events in their lives. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly, working with memory to heal the legacy of past pain” (EMDR Association UK)

EMDR is effective in treating people who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences, such as assault, road traffic accidents, natural or man-made disasters, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. It is also increasingly being used to treat other symptoms which may not be trauma related such as phobias, self-esteem and anxiety.

A supportive element of EMDR therapy is that clients do not have to go into great long details in talking about the event or their experience. In the actual reprocessing of the event memory, emotions and body sensations are generally experienced for a time during the session however this signifies the brain is reprocessing the memory. I’ve included a video below taken from EMDR UK website which gives a bit more info.

EMDR Animation

Online EMDR sessions

I have found using EMDR therapy extremely effective with clients who I meet for online sessions. We tend to work in a different way to process the memory using tapping rather than eye movements. For some people choosing to have their therapy at home, this can feel very supportive and add an extra layer of comfort for them.

Interested in EMDR therapy sessions?

If you are interested in EMDR therapy for yourself and would like a brief chat on the phone first before booking an assessment. You can get in contact with me either through the contact form or by phone or text.