EMDR - Helping you Heal from Trauma
Talk therapies are simply not enough when it comes to helping people to heal from the impacts of trauma.
Talking about it can be re-traumatising for some.
If you have suffered trauma in your life, EMDR can assist you in 'unhooking' the emotions you may be experiencing connected to the trauma, and so enable you to carry the memory in an entirely different way.
EMDR facilitates integration - where we can process & 'digest' what has happened. It is a very kind therapy, and is recognised around the world as the gold standard in the treatment of PTSD (or, as I like to call it PTSI - with an "i" for Injury rather than a "d" for disorder).
When a person experiences a traumatic event, adrenaline rushes through the body and the memory is imprinted into the amygdala, which is part of the limbic system. The amygdala holds the emotional significance of the event, including the intensity and impulse of emotion.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a distinct therapeutic approach which uses bilateral stimulation to assist the integration (processing) of distressing information. EMDR is commonly used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD - or as I like to call it, PTSI, with an "I" for injury rather than a "d" for disorder) and this is where the majority of its' evidence-base currently lies.
EMDR is now used to treat many other conditions in which disturbing memories play a part of the difficulty being experienced by the person. EMDR treatment can allow a person to move on with their life much more free from the often incredibly debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress.
I have completed all three stages of EMDR training, including Advanced.
If you'd like to know more about EMDR and the difference it can make in your life, click here for a useful summary.