Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing - Hope Therapy and Counselling Services

What is EMDR?

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

Since then, it has been used with a wide range of conditions:

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

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Why use EMDR?

Traumatic events can cause ongoing distress in the form of flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive, distressing thoughts and emotions. Often the mind becomes overwhelmed by the traumatic experience.

Unprocessed experiences are stored in the brain. This includes the sight, sound, thought and feelings that surround them. Life events trigger a recollection of the original experience, causing the distress you may recognise.

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) does not erase the memory of what happened. Instead, it seeks to process the traumatic memories stored within the brain, making them easier to manage.

What are the aims?

We are all different, so the best way of working with each person will be different. However, the broad aims include:

  • The reduction of re-experiencing traumatic memories
  • To assist you in feeling more able to cope with and manage any traumatic memories
  • To support your ability to engage with and enjoy pleasurable activities.
  • The reduction of feelings of stress, anxiety, irritation and hypervigilance.
  • To reduce the sense of isolation we may feel.
  • To assist self-confidence and self-esteem

Will I be in good hands?

EMDR is a specialised form of Psychotherapy. Because of this, everybody in our EMDR team is also an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). This means they are experienced in dealing with a wide range of psychological needs.

What do I do next?​

If you wish to discuss receiving EMDR or want to learn more, simply get in touch.

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