EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, This hugely effective and extensively researched therapy has become immensely popular in recent years and is recommended by the NHS.
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy which enables healing from traumatic memories or events, often in just a few sessions. If we experience physical hurt, our body works to heal the wound, if it continues to be hurt it will become infected and cause pain, this is a blockage to healing. A similar process happens following trauma, the memories of the event can be too intense to process therefore we become "stuck" with the effects of it, often for years. This is when re- triggering occurs, when every day events can reawaken the memory and trauma.
Trauma isn't always what we expect, it doesn't have to be a major catastrophe, trauma can be defined as any disturbing memory which is still distressing today. Any adverse life experiences can be stored dysfunctionally in the mind.
Whilst EMDR was originally devised for the treatment of trauma and PTSD it can help with a range of mental health difficulties such as phobias, anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship issues and behavioural difficulties.
Session cost £85