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Eye Motion Desensitisation and Reprocessing

EMDR is an evidence based treatment for trauma endorsed by NICE.

EMDR can help work through difficult memories and experiences which feel impossible to move on from, or which talking therapy is not able to shift. It is understandable that difficult moments in our lives can affect us, but it doesn't need to be this way. It is now understood, through neuroscience, that the hemispheres of our brains are not connecting to help us process these experiences.

EMDR is designed to assist in this happening, so we can move on.  

I do attachment focused EMDR, which uses the trust in our relationship to support your processing. 

Our work together is not manualised. Instead it is tailored to what works best for you. Everyone has a different style of working through their experiences and we work together to find the best way for you. 

We have an open dialogue about how the therapy is going for you, and what resources you may need to support you between sessions.  


We begin by discussing the EMDR model, and any fears or concerns you may have about the work. Usually people have a lot of anxiety entering into EMDR, and therefore it is important to take the time to be as informed as possible.

We process by you tapping your hands left and right over your chest in a very gentle way. The processing can take only a few minutes, but it may also involve working on a memory or problem over several sessions.

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The sections of tapping are quite short and there are breaks in between to rest and to check in with how you are doing. Once you get going, the processing is very quick. 

Trauma is often not only about what has happened, but also about how we see the world as a result of our negative experiences. Therefore it is important to work with this in a compassionate way as we process together.

The aim is always to end the session in a calm state, using the tools from earlier sessions to come back into the here and now. This sometimes involves mindfulness techniques, or other supports you find helpful.

At the start of each session we discuss how you are doing with the distress around your experiences to see if our work is giving you what you need. I am always happy to respond to your feedback and make adjustments wherever you need them. 

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