The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilising this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems.
EMDR utilises the natural healing ability of your body. After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist’s finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights or headphones is used instead. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.
With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.
In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR is successfully used to work with;
- anxiety and panic attacks
- sleep problems
- complicated grief
- pain relief, phantom limb pain
- self-esteem and performance anxiety
My key values as a therapist incorporate openness and trust, humour and creativity, hope and optimism, as well as growth and autonomy. If you choose to work with me, we’d arrange to meet at a convenient time for our first session. We would sensitively explore your issue or problem based on my experience and also your knowledge of yourself. We would then discuss and decide how best that we could work together. During these early stages we would typically agree on what you wished to gain from of our sessions and what you require from me.
Taking the first step toward getting help is often the most difficult. Why not give me a call to see if I am could be the right therapist for you?
Since 2013 I have been a member of EMDR Association of the UK & Ireland. I have completed Level 1-3 of the EMDR Institute training alongside Part 1-2 of the children and adolescent training. I am currently working towards accreditation.
“I prefer to think of my patients and myself as fellow travellers, a term that abolishes distinctions between ‘them’ (the afflicted) and ‘us’ (the healers). … We are all in this together, and there is no therapist and no person immune to the inherent tragedies of existence.” – Irvin Yalom