Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) therapy is an integrative approach which was originally developed in the 1980s to help people to overcome psychological trauma. Since then however, EMDR has been used effectively to treat a wide range of psychological difficulties and manage emotional distress.

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In short, EMDR is a treatment model that utilises bilateral stimulation (usually eye movements) to activate the brain in a way that processes and resolves ‘stuck’ traumatic memories or experiences so they no longer negatively impact on us. In a sense, EMDR ‘kick-starts’ the brain’s natural healing process and gets it moving again. 

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One of the benefits of EMDR therapy is that does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue. Talking about a difficult experience can induce high levels of anxiety and can block clients from seeking help and support. EMDR successfully enables recovery without the need to relive experiences in sessions.

Rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviours resulting from the distressing issue, EMDR encourages the brain to resume its own natural healing process and integrate and resolve difficult memories effectively.

With EMDR Therapy, your trauma symptoms are likely to reduce, more positive ways of thinking about yourself and the world will likely develop, and your responses and behaviours associated to this problem will likely start to change.


These changes are profound and lasting, because you are addressing core issues on a deep level, rather than just managing your symptoms.

For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychological therapies and this also makes it a preferred option for many.

EMDR Therapy is a highly effective method of treatment that is endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO)

If you would like to discuss how EMDR might be able to help you, please give get in touch with us for some more information.