EMDR Therapy

Alongside my role as an Integrative Psychotherapist I am also an EMDR therapist certified by EMDR UK & Ireland.  EMDR is also an integrative therapy and fits well with my approach to supporting you to recover and feel better about yourself.   

What is EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.  It’s a rather long-winded name (even the founder Dr Francine Shapiro wishes she had never called it that) but it’s proven to have exceptional results – the most important point!  

You will essentially be able to unblock memories and the information alongside them.  They go into the correct area of your brain so you can process them fully so they stop causing you problems.  They may not go away completely but will reduce to such a level that you no longer feel a deep level of distress and discomfort.    

The good thing some people find about EMDR is that if you have a distressing memory, which you find too difficult to say out loud then you don’t have to.  Providing you are able to locate it and follow the steps then you can process the memory without telling me.  

What can EMDR do for me?

It isn’t just for working with a significant or one off trauma.  Although it started as a treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), scientific research has also been successfully applied in the treatment of chronic pain, phobias, panic and a variety of anxiety disorders including performance anxiety, complicated grief, sexual and/or physical abuse and disturbing memories. Between 70 - 90% of cases report a decrease in distressing symptoms.  

How long does EMDR take? 

A typical EMDR session usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and sessions usually take place weekly.  

EMDR has been considered a quick fix therapy but this is not entirely accurate and it would be misleading to suggest the entire 8-stage protocol is super quick. The things to bear in mind would be the type of problem, your life circumstances and the amount of previous treatment you have had.  These will all help to determine how many sessions would be necessary.  Between 10 and 20 sessions is a good enough guide but for survivors of long term trauma (e.g. childhood harm, neglect and abuse) it can take longer.  People however often experience quick and tangible results at the actual eye movement re processing stage and this noticeable shift can be very encouraging.  

If you would like to learn more about this unique approach to recovery then please call on 07813 779667 or email me at lisa@lisahaydontherapy.com 

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