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.

It 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 PTSD.

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When is it used?

Traumatic events can cause 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 are stored in the brain in their ‘raw’ unprocessed form. This includes the sight, sound, thought and feelings that surround them. It is believed that 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 way these traumatic memories are stored within the brain. In turn, making the memories easier to manage.

What are the aims?

We are all different and as such the best way of working with each person will be different. However, the broad aims 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. Therefore it is only delivered by people that have received appropriate training. Additionally, all of our EMDR team are fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBT). As such they 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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