What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy method that helps people to heal from symptoms of trauma, anxiety and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Studies show that EMDR can help people experience significant and lasting benefits over a brief period, which might otherwise take years in traditional talk-based therapy.
One of the benefits of EMDR therapy is that it does not require you to talk in great detail about a distressing issue, or doing homework between sessions. In fact, if something is deeply troubling, you do not need to speak specifically about the issue at all for EMDR to be successful. Unlike CBT, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or beliefs as a result of a distressing issue, EMDR allows the mind and nervous system to resume its own natural healing process.
While recommended by the WHO, UNHCR, Dept. of Defence in the US and NICE in the UK, as a highly effective way of treating trauma and PTSD, it is also highly successful in treating anxiety and other phobias.
I’m now offering a 6-week* series of EMDR sessions for clients who are suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and overwhelm as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. In fact, EMDR can be effective in treating most disturbances and disorders that you might feel have been exacerbated as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. For more information, please visit my Covid-19 page.
Some of the challenges EMDR can support you with include:
Bereavement & loss
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Depression and bipolar disorder
Insomnia & sleep disturbance
Body image & body dysmorphia
Acute trauma (single-incident event)
– Natural disaster
– Road traffic accidents
– Workplace accidents
– Birth trauma
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Developmental trauma (childhood events)
Complex trauma (multiple events)
Chronic trauma (long-term events)
IMPORTANT: Online counselling and psychotherapy is not suitable for everyone. If you are in crisis, contemplating suicide or in need of immediate help, please contact your GP or visit your nearest Accident & Emergency department.
Do you currently treat more than anxiety and phobias right now? Yes, I’m happy to see you for any issues and challenges that you present with. The above list is not exhaustive.