EMDR

Tony is a qualified EMDR Practitioner who is a member of EMDR UK & NI.

What is EMDR used for?

Trauma – Phobias – Disturbing past memories – Performance related issues – Anxieties (Generalised / Specific) and more………… (See below)

What is the evidence for EMDR?

EMDR is considered a recent therapy, but it has undergone extensive clinical trials and has gained the full approval of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence for use with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What is EMDR?

Is EMDR hypnosis?   No – EMDR is not a hypnotic procedure and is always carried out whilst clients are fully alert.

EMDR is an acronym for ‘Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing’.  It is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in 1989.  Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as:

  • War / terrorist related experiences
  • Childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect
  • Natural disaster
  • Assault (physical / psychological)
  • Surgical trauma
  • Road traffic accidents / driving anxiety.
  • Workplace accidents.
  • Troubling past memories (of any kind)
  • Phobias

EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues including performance anxiety.

The following (in italics) is an extract from the book EMDR “The breakthrough Eye Movement therapy for overcoming Anxiety stress and trauma” (Shapiro and Forrest):

“Trauma does not simply relate to the big issues that you see on the news or read in newspapers, such as war experiences, natural disasters or terrorist attacks.  It is in fact any event that has had a lasting negative effect.  Many of the triggers can be found associated with earlier life experiences.

Trauma can be healed.  Anxiety, stress, guilt rage and fear are extremely unhealthy if they are long lasting.  Fortunately, the body uses a process similar to the digestion process in order to resolve upsetting experiences.  Just as the digestive system extracts nutrients from the food that we eat, so the minds information processing system, when functioning properly, extracts useful information from our experiences.  What we learn from these experiences allows us to move forward.  When upsetting memories are processed, the related emotions, beliefs, body responses and thoughts are transformed, becoming healthy and adaptive.  Sometimes though, negative experiences remain unresolved, leaving a residue of emotion to dominate our daily lives.  The system becomes “stuck”- as if it were choking on trauma – and requires assistance in order to get moving smoothly again.

EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought. 

As explained, EMDR allows traumatic memories to be processed so that they can be absorbed psychologically and seem more like normal memories without the associated anxiety.