Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychological therapy that is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) when considering treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Research also demonstrates that EMDR can be used to treat anxiety and low self-esteem.
EMDR encourages the mind to heal much like it would naturally during the rapid eye movement (REM) we experience when we sleep. By recreating the eye movements associated with REM sleep, it is possible to change the way our mind associates painful memories and present thoughts which are discussed. Related thoughts may also have a less negative impact on that person which can lead to an improved outlook and many other aspects, gaining quality of life.
What to expect from a session:
Sessions with an EMDR practitioner will always start with an assessment to obtain the necessary information to ensure that it is the right therapy for the client. Thereafter, questions will be asked about a particular memory which is felt to be a route cause of PTSD or Anxiety. It is then you will be asked to watch the practitioner’s finger, to guide your eye movements for a short period of time and then report back with any thoughts, images or feelings. This will then be repeated and adapted, depending on the outcome of each session. The duration of a session can last between 60 and 90 minutes and you are always in control with the option to stop at any time.
EMDR tends to be a faster therapy in respect to achieving results but it is always important to note that it can come with a more intense experience which may lead to strong emotional responses and disturbing thoughts. However, your practitioner is there to help you and will support you through any negative experiences. Ultimately, it is part of the process of improved thoughts and wellbeing.
- Initial Assessment (1 hour) 70
- EMDR Sessions (1 to 1.5 hours) 80
- CBT with Tina Penistone 60