Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in London

Colourful Eye

Here at The Trauma Practice in London & Hertfordshire we use EMDR therapy for PTSD to help desensitise anxiety related to traumatic memories and PTSD. 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.

We also offer EMDR Therapy Online if you are unable to get to face to face therapy.

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
Colourful Eye

EMDR Therapy London

Beauchamp Lodge,
2 Warwick Crescent,
W2 6NE

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EMDR Therapy London Benefits

Reduction in PTSD Symptoms

EMDR therapy can help to reduce PTSD symptoms. This means you will have less negative thoughts, less intrusive memories & flashbacks, & feel less jumpy or on guard.


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.

Ability to Relax

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.

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EMDR Therapist London


Matthew Alderton

BSc, MA, Dip, Dip Psych

Hello my name is Matthew Alderton. I trained for 7 years at The Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in Paddington London to become a Counsellor and psychotherapist. I am a Psychotherapist accredited by The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). This is the leading evidence based treatment for PTSD.I specialise in the treatment of PTSD, trauma, trauma associated tinnitus and associated conditions. These might include traumatic grief, anxiety, depression and addiction.

I work in a holistic way using an integrated psychotherapeutic approach. This includes Psychotherapy, Body Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

I like to see people make progress in therapy and in their lives. I am down to earth and friendly enabling you to feel safe to process your difficulties. I’m pleased to offer a range of PTSD treatments in London & Hertfordshire.

EMDR Therapy London FAQ's

How Long Does 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 Therapy Session?

EMDR therapy follows a set number of protocols with a past, present and future focus. A session might involver preparation for the processing of trauma using bilateral stimulation or the processing of the trauma itself or preparation for a positive future.

What My Clients Have Said 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 Available In London

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The Trauma Practice, London
Beauchamp Lodge
2 Warwick Crescent
W2 6NE

Our London practice is conveniently located in Little Venice, West London and is easily accessible via Warwick Avenue tube station (on the Bakerloo line) or via Paddington Central main line station.

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