Therapeutic Counsellor &
South Croydon (Selsdon)
Reg. Member MBACP (Accred)
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitation and Reprocessing
I offer EMDR to clients at my practice in Selsdon, South Croydon. EMDR can be used for clients that are struggling to overcome one or several traumatic experiences. I am currently an EMDR Trainee Therapist, and a member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland, which means I have undertaken accredited EMDR training by the EMDR Academy (accredited by EMDR Europe) to work with clients using the standard EMDR protocol. I am now completing the latter stages of my training to work with more specialised issues such as phobias.
SPECIAL OFFER - EMDR Croydon
First two sessions of EMDR for £60. All sessions thereafter £50.
Each session usually last for 60-75 minutes.
The types of issues that I can work with includes:
EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. It was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. It is now a clinically proven therapy, backed up by research, and recognised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation, as a treatment of choice for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The NHS also offers it as a treatment for PTSD. It can also help for other presenting issues.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
Unlike other therapies that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms.
Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during this part of the treatment. Once it has been determined which memory to target first, you will be asked to hold different aspects of that event or thoughts in mind and to use your eyes to track movements back and forth across your field of vision. I use EMDR equipment, as described here, to help you do this. I use a light bar where you track a moving light with your eyes. Alternatively, if that is too difficult (or not possible due to problems with your eyes) you can use hand held pulsators for tactile stimulation and/or headphones for auditory stimuli with clicks. As this happens, internal associations arise and you will begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. This could last for one or several sessions.
No one knows exactly how any form of counselling or psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. What we do know is that when a person is very upset, the brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment can become 'frozen in time', and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings have not changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following successful EMDR treatment, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. One theory is that EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
If you think EMDR might be right for you and you want to start EMDR therapy in Croydon, please contact me.
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