EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) forms an important part of my practice.
EMDR sessions follow a specific sequence using bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, to help the client process unresolved memories, anxiety, phobia, addiction, anger, a difficult situation in the near future, or some other difficulty you may be experiencing. EMDR is compatible with other types of therapy.
Raw and Unprocessed memories
Adverse life experiences can leave us with memories that might remain raw and unprocessed due to the high level of distress experienced at the time of the event. Such memories can become linked to emotions, negative cognitions, and physical sensations experienced during the event.
When activated, we can re-experience the feelings and emotions like we are reliving the past. Through EMDR therapy, these memories can be reprocessed so that they become less intense and disruptive.
How it works
EMDR therapy identifies and processes memories of negative and traumatic events that contribute to present problems. After the client in therapy briefly accesses an unresolved memory, he or she will focus on external stimulus delivered by the therapist or themself. This can include eye movement, tapping, and/or sound.
During each set of bilateral stimulus new associations can emerge in the form of insights, other memories, and new emotions. After each set, the client briefly reports what emerged in consciousness and the next focus of attention is identified for processing. EMDR therapy can target past events, current triggers, and future needs.
Although EMDR was originally designed to treat posttraumatic stress, it can be used to address other adverse life experiences or negative beliefs. I will work with you to identify a distressing event or negative belief that would benefit from EMDR.
I provide EMDR therapy Online on Zoom, at my practice in Central London and in Hampton. EMDR is a part of my work but I do not work exclusively with EMDR.