EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprocessing)
If something traumatic has happened to you (whether it be a car accident, abuse or something seemingly less significant like being humiliated), the memory of your experience may continue to invade your thoughts and feelings long after the event. This is thought to be because the mind was too overwhelmed during the event to process what was going on.
The process of Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) can alter the way these traumatic memories are stored within the brain and allow the brain to process trauma and any associated emotions resulting in any recollection of the original trauma becoming emotionally de-sensitised and by doing so, decrease the negative impact and distress from the recollection of the event.
Such traumatic experiences can often lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis, for which EMDR has been recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Increasingly, EMDR therapy is also being used for the treatment of other issues including depression, performance anxiety, phobias and fears, .anxiety and low self-esteem and much more.
EMDR is not considered a form of hypnosis. You will remain fully conscious and aware at all times during your session and you will have total control over what is happening. If at any point you feel uncomfortable or unable to continue - simply make your therapist aware.
Many people say they feel a strong sense of relief after their sessions. The first part of the process is detailed history taking to clearly identify treatment goals and outline the process so you will feel comfortable and in control of you own treatment.
Although EMDR can be done as a stand- alone therapy clients can also benefit from Hypnotherapy to conclude the session if they wish.
If you would like to discuss your needs and the possible use of EMDR please contact me to discuss.