What is EMDR & What is it used for?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing and has been proved to be highly effective in the treatment of PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  We usually associate PTSD with the armed forces when they experience trauma in combat.

EMDR however is used to treat trauma generally and many of us will experience a level of trauma at some point in our lives from various causes.  EMDR is a painless none invasive technique carried out by a qualified therapist with full support and guidance during the session ensuring that you feel comfortable and above all safe.

Something important to mention is that often we are not aware that we have experienced trauma, the event that caused it does not have to be dramatic and we can carry on for years just simply feeling BAD when exposed to specific stimuli.

As children we cannot articulate trauma but we express it in many ways and if not addressed we may never lead a happy fulfilled life, one where we never reach our full potential.

The good news is that our brains more often than not process traumatic experiences normally so we don't suffer with PTSD - However if you feel you may benefit from EMDR or need to understand if you are suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Please contact me I am happy to talk you through without obligation.

Examples of trauma

  • Being involved in an accident
  • Witnessing an accident or seeing something disturbing
  • Violence or result of it – either directly or indirectly
  • Abuse of any nature
  • Sudden shock
  • A generally bad experience
  • Sudden death of a loved one or someone close
  • Separation anxiety- especially in the young
  • Images that have disturbed you or are age inappropriate


What else?

  • EMDR is versatile and can also be used to help with the following problems.
  • Depression
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Low self esteem
  • Performance anxiety- (stage fright & exam nerves)
  • Anxiety
  • Jealousy
  • Nightmares & bad dreams
  • Panic attack