Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychological therapy for trauma and some other mental health problems. It was originally developed by a clinical psychologist in the United States called Francine Shapiro.

Watch a video explaining EMDR therapy on YouTube.

The therapy can be used to treat traumatic memories (raw and intrusive thoughts, feelings, pictures, sounds, smells, tastes and body sensations). These might have developed as a result of:

  • Assault/abuse or violence
  • Accident or injury
  • Health or medical trauma
  • Loss or bereavement
  • Natural or man-made disasters.

It is very common to experience distress following a traumatic event. In most cases full recovery occurs. However, in some cases the effects can result in:

  • Post traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Flashbacks
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Phobias
  • Sleep problems
  • Panic and fear
  • Avoiding situation or places
This can result in impact on academic performance, relationships, health and enjoyment of life.

At triage, If we feel EMDR may be useful for you we will offer you an appointment with our experienced EMDR therapist.

With simpler traumas and distressing events of adult life, EMDR can be very rapid in its effects and treatment can be over only a few sessions.

More complex issues or those from childhood may require much longer term work. If longer term work is required we can offer stabilising and resourcing techniques and suggestions for onward referral.

You may find our video 20 Minutes to Calm and Soothe helpful. 

For useful information about shock and trauma visit our SHINE pages.