EMDR

Exploring EMDR Therapy

If you’ve experienced a traumatic event and are seeking a path to healing, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy may offer the transformative approach you need. As a psychotherapist specializing in trauma and dissociation, I’m here to guide you through this evidence-based therapy that has helped countless individuals move past their traumatic experiences towards a more peaceful state of mind.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy is a highly effective treatment designed to help you heal from the emotional distress that can occur after traumatic events. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR focuses on the brain’s ability to heal from psychological trauma, much as the body recovers from physical trauma. Through a structured eight-phase approach, EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation (such as guided eye movements) to help process and integrate traumatic memories, reducing their hold on your life.

How Does EMDR Work?

The process involves recalling distressing events in brief doses while I direct your eye movements or another form of bilateral stimulation (such as sounds or tapping). This experience can help the brain reprocess the trauma, leading to a significant decrease in the intensity of the traumatic memory and its associated symptoms. The goal is for you to remember the event without the emotional upheaval, gaining a sense of mental freedom.

Online and Face-to-Face Sessions

Understanding the challenges of accessing therapy, I offer EMDR sessions both online and face-to-face. Online therapy has proven to be as effective as in-person sessions, providing the flexibility to support your therapy journey from the comfort of your own space. Whether we meet virtually or in person, you’ll receive the same level of care, confidentiality, and professional support.

Why Choose EMDR Therapy?

Pros:

  • Effective for a wide range of trauma-related issues (both single episode or complex multi-episode).
  • Fast-acting, with many clients seeing improvements in fewer sessions than traditional therapies (particularly in single episode trauma).
  • Less verbal disclosure required, which can be comforting for those who find it difficult to talk about their traumas.

Cons:

  • Emotionally intense, as it involves confronting and reprocessing traumatic memories.
  • Not suitable for everyone, particularly individuals with certain types of mental health conditions.
  • Potential for temporary increase in distress, as the process of reprocessing traumatic memories can sometimes intensify symptoms before they improve. This is a normal part of the therapy process, but it requires readiness and support to navigate.

Complementary to Other Therapies

For individuals exploring comprehensive treatment plans, EMDR can be integrated with other therapeutic approaches such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This integration can be particularly beneficial, offering both deep healing of trauma and practical skills for managing daily emotional and interpersonal challenges.

Learn More

The video above provides further insights into how EMDR therapy works and what you can potentially expect from our sessions together.

Choosing to engage in therapy is a significant step toward addressing some of the challenges someone might be facing. If EMDR therapy resonates with you, I’m here to support you through this journey. Together, we can work towards releasing the grip of traumatic memories and moving forward into a more empowered and peaceful future.

Fees:

  • Initial Assessment: £40 per one-hour meeting
  • EMDR Therapy Sessions: £90 per 50-minute session or £135 for 90-minute sessions

This investment reflects the specialised nature of EMDR therapy and the profound, lasting change it can foster in your life.