Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

What is involved?

EMDR is a psycho-therapeutic approach, that is particularly effective for work with the traumatic aftermath of experiencing or witnessing distressing events (such as road-traffic accidents, other serious accidents or near-death experiences, murders, abuse, medically-related trauma, natural disasters and war-related trauma).  EMDR is also successfully used to work with phobias, anxiety, anger and loss.

During EMDR therapy clients are asked to follow a series of specific eye-movements , auditory sounds or gentle pulsations (or hand-taps) to help process traumatic or troublesome memories, thoughts and feelings. 

EMDR is thought to work by unlocking trapped or stuck experiences within the nervous system, so that the body can fully process and discharge any residual feelings, images and thoughts that may underpin current distress.  EMDR will not miraculously undo any traumatic events that have occurred, but EMDR may help to reduce the intensity of any distress. 

For more information on EMDR checkout the EMDR Association and EMDR.org.  Also see Bessel van der Kolk on EMDR 



EMDR therapy sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and may be 60 or 90 minutes on the advice of the therapist and depending on each client’s therapeutic needs.  Therapy duration may depend on the complexity of presenting issues and both short and long-term options are available.  

Other Information

I have completed EMDR training with an accredited trainer EMDR (EMDR Academy) and am a member (working towards accreditation) of EMDR Association UK and Ireland.