Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)


Traumatic events can for many causes ongoing distress, in the form of flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive, distressing thoughts and emotions. It is believed that this can be caused due to the mind becoming overwhelmed by the traumatic experience.


Such, unprocessed experiences, along with the sight, sound, thought and feelings that surround them are stored in the brain in their ‘raw’ unprocessed form. In turn, it is believed that life events can trigger a recollection of the original experience, causing us the distress you may recognise.


Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) does not erase the memory of what happened, instead, it seeks to process the way these traumatic memories are stored within the brain – in turn making them easier to manage.


What is EMDR?


EMDR is a form of psychotherapy developed in the 1980s by American psychologist Francine Shapiro.


EMDR therapy is increasingly being recommended for other issues such as:



EMDR is currently recommended by NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) for the Treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


The aims of EMDR therapy


We are all different and as such the best way of working for each person will be different. However, the broad aims of EMDR include:


  • The reduction of re-experiencing of traumatic memories

  • To assist you to feel more able to cope with and manage any trauma memories

  • To support your ability to engage with and enjoy pleasurable activities, such as engaging in relationships

  • The reduction of feelings of stress, anxiety, irritation and hypervigilance.

  • To reduce the sense of isolation we may feel, which may be linked with hopelessness and depression

  • To assist self-confidence and self-esteem


Will I be in good hands?


EMDR is a specialist psychotherapy and is therefore only delivered by people that have received appropriate training. Additionally, all of our EMDR team are fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBT), so are highly experienced at supporting a wide range of psychological needs.

What do I do next?

If you wish to discuss receiving EMDR or would like to find out more, simply get in touch.

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