EMDR Therapy

The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilising this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems.



What is an EMDR session like?



EMDR utilises the natural healing ability of your body. After a thorough assessment (approx. 2-3 sessions), you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory/ies. Eye movements, will be re-created simply by asking you to watch my finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. (This is not hypnotherapy and you will be fully awake and aware during sessions). You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements.  

Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.  With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past.  Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.


What can EMDR be used for?


In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat:

· anxiety and panic attacks

· depression

· stress

· phobias

· sleep problems

· complicated grief

· addictions

· pain relief, phantom limb pain

· low self-esteem


How long does treatment take?

EMDR can be brief focused treatment (6-8 sessions) or part of longer psychotherapy (9+ sessions).




1.    Improve overall health  - EMDR can alleviate PTSD related stress. 

2.    Resolve issues at any ageEMDR may be used effectively for children, teenagers and adults.


3.    Overcome Persistent BlocksEMDR can relieve symptoms that talk and cognitive therapies cannot address as efficiently.


4.    Relieve Chronic SymptomsEMDR therapy can be cost effective as it can address the root cause of chronic symptoms.


5.    Think and Feel Better - EMDR can neutralize negative thoughts and feelings, and strengthen positive ones.


6.    Reduce Physical Symptoms - EMDR can calm flashbacks and other disruptive physiological (body) reactivity.


7.    Increase Achievement - EMDR can be helpful in removing blocks to peak performance at work or at home.


8.    Break Free from Old PatternsEMDR can enhance your quality of life by unblocking negativity from the past distorting your present and future.


9.    Build ResilienceEMDR can increase your ability to tolerate negative experiences and help you recover more quickly when they do occur.


10.  Reclaim Personal PowerEMDR is supported by your body’s natural healing process and allows your mind to define the meaning of your experience.