“Each person’s map of the world is as unique as their thumbprint” Milton Erikson


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an interesting and complex 8 phase approach to psychotherapy which incorporates much of the wisdom of other therapies.  It is used within a comprehensive treatment plan to promote healing and recovery from difficulties you may be experiencing in your present day life.  When something traumatic happens to you your mind appears to hold onto it in a way that can be triggered on a daily basis by many different things or people that you encounter and it is these old experiences that can still be causing a great deal of the discomfort.  EMDR can assist people with many types of emotional problems from those rooted in early childhood psychological problems/trauma or later adult single adverse life events. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation (tapping), to activate both sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.  As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state can be achieved.  The therapist works with you, guiding you to revisit the traumatic incident. When the memory is brought to mind, the feelings are re-experienced in a new way. EMDR makes it possible to gain the self-knowledge and perspective that can enable you to choose actions, rather than continue to feel powerless over your re-actions. EMDR sessions will continue until the traumatic memories and emotions are relieved which can be a simple process in some cases or more complex in others, everyone is unique.

Our therapists all have their own individual therapeutic style taking and integrative approach. All are fully qualified and are full members of the BACP, adhering to their ethical and professional guidelines. For full details go to the Our therapists page.