What is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)?

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s.

EMDR is a way to process ‘stuck’ Traumatic memories that impact on you today. This could be having intense emotional reactions, embodied feelings, phobias, addictions or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms. It may feel like you are re-experiencing the event in the moment. These could be memories known or unknown to you.

EMDR can help to start & support the natural processing of this trauma memory by using bi-lateral stimulation (generally eye movements), similar to that experienced naturally during the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of the sleep cycle.

EMDR can be used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, addiction and low self esteem. More information can be found at EMDR UK & Ireland

What will happen during an EMDR the session?

During the initial session we will discuss your requirements, how we may work together and whether EMDR may be appropriate to use as a part of your counselling. If we both feel EMDR is appropriate then the first few sessions will be gathering a detailed history from you and preparing you for processing unprocessed memories. Sessions will be either 50 mins or upto 1hr 30mins (longer sessions can be useful when processing memories).