EMDR is a powerful and effective psychological treatment method. This technique is mostly used in treating trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, EMDR is also effectively used for helping with a number of issues including: anxiety, phobias, complicated grief, addiction and chronic pain.
Whilst we may be able to understand experiences, or the events that have happened on a cognitive or intellectual level, the memories can be held physiologically and feel stored on a deeper level or in the body. This results in the memory effectively becoming 'frozen' on a neurological level.
With EMDR it is not necessary to talk through the details of the traumatic event or memory. This avoids any unnecessary distress or re-traumatising. The focus is on processing the memories gently and effectively in order to experience long-lasting relief.
EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) is typically known for the treatment of trauma but is now being used to successfully treat individuals in a wide range of conditions such as depression, OCD, phobias and difficulties of self-regulation such as panic attacks and addiction.
People bring a wide variety of issues to therapy and I have listed some of the most commonly experienced issues here. This list does not cover everything though, so please contact me if you want to talk about something else and we can discuss it.
I have special interests in the areas of trauma in it’s various forms, bereavement and loss and working with the emergency services and armed forces.
Usually people feel relieved once they have made a start with Counselling, and often tell me at the end of their sessions that they wish they had spoken to someone sooner.