EMDR is a form of psychological therapy which was developed to address trauma. It has been extensively researched and has a good evidence base for treating psychological trauma. Studies have demonstrated that EMDR can enable the healing process after a traumatic event. It can enable recovery in a shorter period of time than other psychological approaches.EMDR is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Post Traumatic Stress
When people are traumatised, they may experience such strong emotions the brain is overwhelmed. As a result, the brain is unable to cope with or process information as it does ordinarily. Distressing experiences become 'frozen in time'. They are stored in the brain in the original 'raw' form and can recur as 'action replays' or intrusive memories. The person repeatedly relives the original unpleasant event(s). Remembering a trauma may feel as bad as experiencing it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven't changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect on the way people see themselves, the world and other people. It can affect parts or all of their lives, including their ability to work or study..
How does EMDR work?
EMDR mimics the brains natural way of reprocessing trauma by encouraging eye movements similar to those that occur during REM sleep.Following successful EMDR treatment, memories of the event are no longer painful when brought to mind. What happened can still be recalled, but it is less upsetting. EMDR can be thought of as an inherently natural therapy which assists the brain in working through distressing material.Research studies have shown that EMDR can markedly accelerate the healing process after a traumatic experience and that the effects are long-lasting. EMDR is highly effective, preferred by clients and generally of shorter duration than other treatment methods.
I am accredited with the EMDR Association UK. This means that I have been supervised in my EMDR practice beyond the basic training and I have demonstrated my competence to an EMDR Consultant. I have been using EMDR for many years both within and NHS setting and within my private practice. I have extensive experience in using EMDR with complex trauma. Complex trauma is when an individual has experienced prolonged, repeated trauma such as when someone has experienced sexual abuse or domestic violence.