Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy
I am an experienced and professional EMDR Practitioner, offering EMDR for phobias, trauma, depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and more. Also offering supervision to EMDR therapists as a Consultant in training.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that was developed by Psychologist Francine Shapiro in the 1980's that resolves symptoms and distress resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences.
EMDR uses a structured approach to address the disturbing memories and process them so they no longer cause distress.
Although the therapy was initially developed to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), many of us have the tendency to be affected by life's smaller events and experience a similar level of distress. Therefore, EMDR is very effective with many life events that would not be considered 'traumatic'. Other applications of EMDR include treating anxiety, phobias and certain kinds of depression.
Any one of us may experience some form of trauma in our lives, we can witness or experience events that have a profound and lasting impact on how we think and feel.
This/these may include physical assault, robbery, domestic abuse, rape, sexual/physical abuse in childhood, childhood neglect, bullying or any, other violent crime. You may have witnessed or been involved in a traumatic event such as a car crash, terroist attack or natural disaster. You may or may not have been diagnosed with depression or post traumatic stress disorder.
There are other things such as trying to cope with a bereavement, an injury, sports injury, a car accident, illness of a loved one or an injury and/or illness yourself, coming to terms with a divorce, relationship problems, an accident at home or at work, panic/anxiety attacks, performance anxiety (e.g. stage fright, sports anxiety) low-self esteem, phobias, fears, nightmares and flashbacks. EMDR has also been used successfully with Pain Management and Phantom limb pain. Any of these things can have a profoud impact on how you feel and relate to others.
Eye Movement Desensitistaion and Reprocessing (EMDR) can help with many of these problems and very often can lead to a swift resolution and moving on from the underlying trauma (in comparison to some other therapies) Research studies have shown that EMDR is very effective in helping people process emotionally painful and traumatic experiences. This is especially so when used in conjunction with other therapies such as counselling and Hypnotherapy.
EMDR combines bilateral stimulation (gently stimulating the right and left hemispheres of the brain) with thoughts and feelings from a distressing event. Although the name of the therapy infers the use of eye movements there are other techniques including auditory stimulation and the use of small device that provides a small vibration to each hand (I use a small tapping device when utilising EMDR Therapy) .
EMDR sessions work can work surprisingly quickly. Dealing with even the most difficult or painful memories can take a fraction of the time it would take with traditional therapy.
During an EMDR session you may also gain insights about yourself, but EMDR can go straight to a release from an emotional distress or fear.
The positive, long-term results of EMDR therapy affect all levels of the your well-being; mental, emotional and physical. EMDR therapy can help you replace distress, anxiety and fear with positive images, emotions and thoughts.
Although some people have dramatic responses in a short period of time, others will progress more slowly. However, the results will be equally effective and long lasting.
A typical EMDR session lasts for 60 to 90 minutes (1 hour for IEMDR headache/migraine treatments). The history and evaluations are usually done in the consultation session. Then, in some cases, where a single recent traumatic event is involved, a single session of EMDR may be all that is required. However, a more typical course of treatment is somewhere between 5 and 15 sessions usually on a weekly basis. For individuals with a history of multiple painful experiences and years of feeling bad about them, there may still be a requirement for long-term therapy but typically this can be less with EMDR.
Eye Movement Integration (EMI)
EMI has some similartities with EMDR. EMI has it roots in NLP Eye Movement Integration (Developed by Steve and Connirae Andreas) in 1989. This approach is a very brief, content free process for resolving PTSD, intrusive memories, shame, guilt and other kinds of undesirable traumatic and emotional difficulties.
This approach enables me to work with you in a 'content free' way (not having to go deeply into memories) it is extremely simple and effective for decoupling emotional responses from the memory. I am able to combine this with my experience and knowledge of working with Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy to offer the best approach in coming to terms with your difficulties.
Rachel Coleman Dip CAH, HPD, PNLP, Dip Couns, EMDR
Hypnotherapy & EMDR - Contact 07888741026 or 01821 641059 to book your appointment