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EMDR Therapy Hertfordshire

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy is the leading evidence based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It can also help with other mental health difficulties. Examples include: phobias, tinnitus, eating disorders and addiction.

EMDR does not rely on more traditional talk therapies, or medication but instead uses Rapid Eye Movement (REM) as the basis for treatment. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is a natural function of the body and occurs when we are in deep sleep. The body uses REM sleep to help it to process daily emotional experiences.

Dr Francine Shapiro, who developed the practice of EMDR therapy in 1989 found that only three 90-minute sessions of EMDR therapy could alleviate symptoms of PTSD in over 77% of the patients that she treated.

What Is EMDR therapy?

EMDR is a somatic psychotherapy which works by way of bilateral stimulation. Bilateral stimulation means stimulation is conducted on each side of the body alternately. Stimulation can include eye movements, handheld buzzers, self tapping, therapist tapping or auditory beats and tones.

EMDR is carried out within a set of strict protocols. These help to encapsulate EMDR into specific stages. Each stage is completed before continuing to the next stage. Amongst these stages is desensitisation where by a client will revisit a trauma whilst experiencing billateral stimulation. This will enable them to desensitise themselves to the traumatic experience. Another stage is reprocessing a trauma which means processing and attributing a different meaning to it.

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EMDR Therapist

Matthew Alderton - MA, BSc,  Dip, Dip Psych.
I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy to become a counsellor and psychotherapist. I am also a qualified EMDR therapist.

EMDR is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD. I use it to help people successfully with: PTSD, phobias, addiction, eating disorders and tinnitus. The way EMDR works, helps us to get to the root of the difficulty very quickly and work through it in a focused strategic way. We might say EMDR reaches the parts other therapies can't reach.

I offer EMDR therapy online, in Paddington London and Cuffley Hertfordshire.

What Can EMDR Help With?


EMDR is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD


It can help you process trauma which caused a phobia as well as phobia triggers.


EMDR can help calm a tinnitus trigger and relax the nervous system.


EMDR can help with OCD fuelled by trauma as well as the distress caused by obsessions.


It can help you to process the root cause of an addiction.

Eating Disorder

Processing eating disorder related trauma can help to reduce eating disorder symtoms.

How Can EMDR Therapy Help With PTSD?

When we experience a trauma, we may have difficulty integrating and processing the trauma into our everyday experience. It is the difficulty we have in integrating our experience that results in trauma or PTSD symptoms.

Unprocessed trauma can colour our experience of life and take us away from a point of balance and homeostasis. It could be likened to a splinter in the skin which prevents healing. Once the splinter is removed healing can begin. Trauma processing and desensitisation works in a similar way but instead of removing the trauma we are able to process and integrate our traumatic experience. This means that a person is no longer triggered when they remember it and natural healing can begin.

EMDR therapy identifies and helps us re-process the trauma experience by way of bilateral stimulation. It is this re-processing of the trauma that enables cognitions to become more adaptive and we become desensitised to the traumatic experience. This means that we can look back on a traumatic experience without being re-traumatised by it.

EMDR Therapy Explained

This video explains the journey a person might go on, in relation to experiencing trauma, the nature of trauma and how somatic therapy (including EMDR) has helped them overcome trauma.

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Bilateral Movement

EMDR therapy utilises bilateral stimulation. Bilateral stimulation refers to a gentle stimulation of the right and left side of the body alternately. Bilateral stimulation is carried out at different speeds depending on the EMDR therapy phase of treatment.

This can include following a finger, light stick or moving ball. It can also include physical body tapping, auditory beats or bleeps or vibrating buzzers. Or a combination of several forms of billateral stimulation.

EMDR Therapy Benefits

PTSD Symptoms Cessation

EMDR therapy can help to reduce PTSD symptoms in relation to intrusions, flashbacks, negative feelings, triggers and calm the nervous system.


A trauma or multiple traumas might make you feel like disconnecting from other people and withdraw. You may not feel like yourself. EMDR treatment can help you to reconnect with loved ones and feel like you are back to your old self.


PTSD symptoms might include hyper-arousal where you feel like you are on guard, acting aggressively or have difficulty sleeping or concentrating. EMDR therapy can help restore you back to a place of homeostasis.

Related difficulties

The experience of trauma can cause secondary difficulties like anxiety and depression. Once you have processed your trauma it will help to reduce symptoms from associated difficulties. It can also help progress in relation to other therapies which may not have previously worked.

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Client Comments Following EMDR therapy

"I feel like my old self again"

"This therapy has really helped me, I did not have to re-explain my trauma yet again to another therapist"

"I used to feel like the trauma I endured over twenty years ago was still happening to me. I don't feel like that any more"

"I'm feeling relaxed and happy again and wish I had done this therapy years ago"

EMDR Therapy FAQ's

How long will EMDR therapy last?

EMDR therapy is usually used as part of broader psychotherapeutic approach. Every person's situation is different in relation to the type of trauma experienced or the symptoms they might be experiencing. If EMDR is used in an adjunct way for a one off trauma it is usually a short term approach to PTSD.

What happens in an EMDR session?

EMDR therapy follows a set number of protocols with a past, present and future focus. Some of the main protocols EMDR sessions involve could include: history taking, preparation for the processing of trauma using bilateral stimulation to desensitise you to a trauma or reprocess the meaning of a trauma.

How can I get the most out of EMDR therapy?

The best way to get the most out of EMDR therapy is to complete the therapy. Not completing therapy can lead to PTSD symptoms returning post therapy. It is also important to keep an open mind and trust the EMDR process.

EMDR Therapy Hertfordshire

Cuffley, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6

My home based practice is located in leafy green Hertfordshire. A five miniutes walk from Cuffley train station and located ten minutes by car from junction 24 and 25 of the M25. 

Cuffley is ideally located to help clients in Hertford, Potters Bar, Stevevenage, Baldock, Enfield, Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, Broxbourne, St Albans and Barnet.

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Contact us

The best way of reaching us is via our contact form at the below link. We look forward to receiving your therapy request.