What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR Therapy or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that helps to liberate clients who are living in the past to move into a healthy and productive present. It is highly effective for the treatment of trauma (PTSD), depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, pain including phantom pain and phobias.

Image of a lady suffering from PTSD. I offer EMDR therapy in Billericay, Essex. It is a highly effective treatment of trauma (PTSD).

Qualified EMDR Therapist

I am a qualified EMDR Therapist having undertaken extensive EMDR training. I offer EMDR therapy in Billericay, Essex.

EMDR is a highly effective treatment of PTSD. EMDR therapy is a complex and powerful psychotherapy developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1989 and is used for individuals who have experienced some form of Trauma that has remained unresolved. Examples of Trauma can include PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), physical assault, rape or car accident. The goal of EMDR is to process disturbing traumatic memories by reducing their ongoing effect by enabling that person to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. It has been found to benefit Children as well as Adults.

I myself have received EMDR therapy to overcome a deep fear of spiders. I was able to move pass my phobia and was able to handle a tarantula after receiving the therapy.

Is EMDR the same as Hypnotherapy?

EMDR is not Hypnosis nor a form of Hypnotherapy. Its approach targets past experience, current triggers and future potentially challenging situations resulting in alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of self, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.

How EMDR Therapy works?

EMDR therapy’s success is based on the Therapist following a strict 8 Phase EMDR treatment Protocol.  It has a sound theoretical framework based on the understanding of neurology and has a body of published research to demonstrate its effectiveness.

EMDR is achieving positive outcomes with an ever increasing breadth of trauma-related mental health problems. It manages to take a trauma that an individual has been enduring for a lifetime by turning it from a living nightmare to a simple log of memories that never trouble the individual again.

In 2013 the World Health Organisation (WHO) formally approved the use of EMDR in Adults and Children for PTSD.  It is also the recommended treatment of choice for PTSD by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

EMDR Therapy success stories

Some of client successes with this form of treatment include:

  • helping a client who had been traumatised by a sexual assault
  • helping a client who had been traumatised by their physically abusive childhood
  • helping clients with their phobias (spiders, flying and cars)
  • helping clients with traumas that happened in their childhood where counselling and hypnotherapy have produced no significant results.