EMDR is a successful treatment for people who have experienced traumatic events, particularly if you have been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). When we start working together, I will need to assess the issues you have been experiencing together with any triggers, symptoms and background history. This could take up to 2-3 sessions to complete, which is an important part of the work and will help us to build a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship.
I will work with you to help explore what your concerns, hopes and expectations of working in this way might be. The EMDR treatment will not begin until a full assessment has been completed.
How Does EMDR Work?
It involves a method using bi-lateral stimulation which can often include side to side eye movements or hand taps (left to right). Research has demonstrated that this movement appears to help 're-process' reminders of traumatic memories which can result in the 're-experiencing' of distressing symptoms or negative emotions. This means whilst the memory remains, you will become less distressed by it. EMDR follows a set of protocols or phases and you will be fully aware as each protocol is concluded.
What is an EMDR session like?
At the beginning of each session, I shall check in with you to make sure you are content and comfortable to continue.
We will work on a disturbing event as discussed, using sets of the bilateral stimulation which may bring up emotions and body sensations. (Unlike counselling – I will not explore the information you give me in detail).
You will be fully conscious and in control of the process throughout.
At the end of a session, I will help to ensure that you are feeling comfortable and safe.
Each session will last up to 90 minutes.
Will it work for me?
During the initial assessment we may find that EMDR is not suitable for your needs. I would then discuss the reasons why this might be the case with you and whether an alternative form of therapy might help you more and if necessary, direct you to alternative sources of help.
If you think that EMDR might be helpful for you then please call me or email me to discuss your requirements, where I will be able to explain a bit more about the detailed assessment that is necessary before any treatment begins.