Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing for Adults 18+

Trauma Processing with EMDR

In recent years, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) has garnered significant attention, thanks in part to public figures like Prince Harry sharing his positive experiences with this approach. While EMDR has been a trusted therapeutic approach for decades, the increased awareness has sparked renewed interest and recognition.

EMDR is a powerful and evidence-based therapeutic approach that has proven effective in treating various forms of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, EMDR is recognised by organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and NICE as a recommended treatment for trauma-related conditions.

How does EMDR work?

The EMDR process typically involves several structured phases. Initially, you and I will collaboratively explore specific memories or events that have caused distress. These could be related to past trauma, anxiety or other challenging experiences. Rather than solely discussing these events at length, EMDR integrates bilateral stimulation, such as guided eye movements or tactile sensations.

These bilateral stimulations serve as a catalyst for your brain to reprocess the memories. During EMDR sessions, you’ll focus on these targeted memories while engaging in these rhythmic stimulations. This process helps your brain form new connections and associations, allowing you to see these memories from a more balanced perspective.

Over time, clients often find that the emotional charge associated with these memories diminishes. What once caused intense distress may become less overwhelming, and you may experience a greater sense of emotional resolution.

Trauma and PTSD
EMDR offers a safe and structured approach to help individuals process and resolve traumatic experiences, reducing the emotional charge they carry.

Bereavement and Loss
Grief and loss can be overwhelming, leaving individuals with deep emotional wounds. EMDR therapy provides an effective avenue for processing the complex emotions associated with bereavement.

Performance Anxiety
Performance anxiety can create distress and hinder one’s ability to enjoy experiences. EMDR can help to address performance anxiety, whether it relates to public speaking, sports or intimate situations.