Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
At the Trauma Practice we recommend EMDR therapy to help desensitise anxiety related to traumatic memories and PTSD. We use EMDR therapy as part of an integrated approach to treating trauma. We also use Psychotherapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Body Psychotherapy to reduce symptomatology, regain homeostasis and assist with building healthy coping mechanisms. EMDR Therapy is available at our London and Hertfordshire Practices.
We also offer EMDR Therapy Online if you are unable to get to face to face therapy.
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR therapy is a psychotherapy which enables people to recover from symptoms caused by a traumatic experience. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation in order to help people process and become desensitised to the trauma.
EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. Although EMDR therapy is the leading evidence-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), EMDR therapy can also be used to treat phobias and other anxiety disorders.
EMDR therapy does not rely on more traditional talk therapies, or medication but instead EMDR 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 Bilateral Stimulation in EMDR therapy?
Bilateral stimulation in EMDR therapy includes the eyes which move from side to side during processing sessions, but bilateral stimulation can also take the form of taps to the knees, holding buzzers in each hand and audiological stimulation.
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.
The key benefits of EMDR therapy
- EMDR therapy reduces the negative affect when reminded of the traumatic incident.
- EMDR therapy helps to reduce PTSD symptoms.
- EMDR therapy will enable you to feel grounded and connected again.
- EMDR therapy prepares the ground for further therapies in relation to other associated complaints including, trauma associated tinnitus, anxiety, stress, depression and addiction.
- EMDR therapy reduces negative cognitions in relation to the traumatic incident
- EMDR therapy reduces negative emotions and feelings
EMDR Therapy Benefits
Reduction in PTSD Symptoms
EMDR therapy can help to reduce PTSD symptoms. This means you will have fewer 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.
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.
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, traumatic loss and associated conditions. These associated conditions include anxiety, depression and tinnitus.
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 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 involve 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"