EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Treatment in London & Hertfordshire

Here at The Trauma Practice in London & Hertfordshire we use EMDR therapy for PTSD to help desensitise anxiety related to traumatic memories. EMDR therapy is used as part of an integrated approach to trauma. We also use psychotherapycranio-sacral therapy and somatic stabilisation to reduce symptomatology and assist with building healthy coping mechanisms. Contact us to find out more or book a consultation.

What is EMDR therapy?

(EMDR) is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is the leading evidence-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR can be used to treat PTSD, phobias and anxiety disorder.

EMDR is a psychotherapy which enables people to recover from symptoms caused by a traumatic experience. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation in order to help people process and become desensitised to the trauma. EMDR therapy works in a similar way to rapid eye movement in sleep. It could therefore be described as a physiologically based therapy as a well as a type of psychotherapy.

What is Bilateral Stimulation in EMDR therapy?

The acronym EMDR stand for Eye Movement & Reprocessing Therapy. Bilateral stimulation therefore includes the eyes which move from side to side during processing sessions. However, bilateral stimulation can also take the form of taps to the knees, holding buzzers in each hand and audiological stimulation.

How can EMDR 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.

What to expect from our EMDR Therapy for PTSD?

EDMR therapy begins with a comprehensive assessment so that we can decide the best way to assist you. Early sessions are likely to be characterised by working on psycho-education, stabilisation and  safety work. We then move onto EDMR therapy using standard EMDR protocols to help a client re-process their experience. Sessions take place at the same time and place each week.

EMDR Therapy Benefits

  • Reduces negative affect when reminded of the traumatic incident
  • Helps to reduce PTSD symptoms
  • Enables you to feel grounded and connected again
  • Prepares the ground for therapy in relation to other associated complaints.
  • These might include, trauma associated tinnitus, anxiety, stress, depression and addiction.
  • Reduces negative cognitions in relation to the incident
  • Reduces negative emotions and feelings


Contact us to book a consultation for EMDR therapy

Email: contact@traumapractice.co.uk

Tel: 07944 996 646

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