Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy
"The past affects the present even without our being aware of it"
- Francine Shapiro (EMDR founder)
What is EMDR? Originally developed to treat traumatic memories in the case of PTSD, EMDR is a form of psychotherapy developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the 1990s. It's an eight-phase therapeutic approach that facilitates the resolution of distressing experiences, memories and emotions, and integrates psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioural, experiential, and somatic components (Shapiro, 2017). It can often work much faster than other types of therapy and can be used to desensitise, process and treat a variety of issues including:
memories of traumatic events
symptoms of PTSD / Complex PTSD
self-esteem & self-limiting beliefs
changing unwanted behaviour (e.g. eating habits,
smoking, kick-starting a fitness plan)
What happens in an EMDR session? In an EMDR session, the client recalls distressing images, emotions or self beliefs relating to traumatic events, intrusive thoughts or fears regarding the future. While the client holds onto these images, associated feelings or beliefs, they are then guided through their chosen method of BLS (bilateral stimulation - this can be eye movements, or tapping on the knees or palms of hands). EMDR sessions are conducted via Zoom or Skype. Face to face appointments are also available if required in both Central & West London. To book a session with me, or for further information, please get in touch.