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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

(EMDR)

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  • First Appointment
    90 minutes
  • Includes Initial consultation
    £60.00
  • Subsequent Appointments
    60-minutes
  • £50.00

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR is a powerful new method of helping people find relief from many different types of psychological stress. When you are very upset, your brain cannot process information as it ordinarily does. When this happens, a traumatic moment can become ‘frozen in time’ and remembering it may feel as awful as it was going through it the first time. EMDR addresses this condition with a technique that has a direct effect on the way the brain functions, by unlocking the trauma from the nervous system, allowing healing to take place.
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What do I have to do during an EMDR session?

EMDR helps you release trauma so that you can feel happy and whole again. You are instructed to focus on the image, negative thought, and body sensations while simultaneously engaging in EMDR processing using sets of bilateral stimulation through side-to-side eye movements.  At this point, I will ask you to simply notice whatever spontaneously happens.

After trauma, people with PTSD often have trouble making sense of what happened to them. EMDR helps you process the trauma, which can allow you to start to heal. In EMDR, you will pay attention to side-to-side eye movements while calling to mind the upsetting memory. You will do this until the way you experience the memory shifts and becomes less distressing.

The EMDR technique uses bilateral stimulation to activate areas of the brain that would not usually be active when processing an experience or memory.

How will you prepare me for the therapy?

During the first stage, you will learn about physical and emotional reactions to trauma. We will discuss how ready you are to focus on your trauma memories in therapy. To prepare, you will learn some new coping skills.

Next, you will identify the "trigger", or the upsetting memory you want to focus on, including any negative thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations related to the memory. You will hold the memory in your mind while also paying attention to a back-and-forth movement; I may use a pen at eye level and move it from left to right or up and down, or a flashing light, or a tone that beeps in one ear at a time until your distress goes down. This will last for about 30 seconds at a time, and then you will talk about what the exercise was like for you.

Eventually, you will focus on a positive belief and feeling while you hold the memory in your mind. Towards the end of treatment, I will re-assess your symptoms to see if you need to process other triggers.

Will I Talk in Detail About My Trauma?

No, in most cases you will not be asked to talk about the details of your trauma out loud. But you will be asked to call your trauma to mind in session.

How Long Does Treatment Last?

EMDR usually involves 1-3 months of weekly 60-90 minute sessions. Many people start to notice improvement after a few sessions. And the benefits of EMDR can last long after your final session. For best results, EMDR sessions are given at least once per week, although more or fewer sessions may be given depending on your needs.

How Effective is EMDR?

Research suggests EMDR may be more effective for the treatment of trauma victims than traditional talk therapies. However, more research is being conducted on how and why EMDR may be effective.
Is It for Me?

What if I’m Not Ready to Face the Painful or Traumatic Memory?

EMDR treatments involve several phases. The first phase is preparation and assessment. During this phase, I will make sure you feel safe and know exactly what to expect. This phase can take as long as you need, until you feel ready to proceed.

Would You Like To Book This Therapy?

When is ideal for you (this is not a guaranteed booking)


Disclaimer

Marlene DOES NOT claim to cure or to diagnose any medical condition. The information provided on this website is to give you information about the services offered so that you can make an informed choice. This is not professional medical advice and is not a means of diagnosis or treatment, nor is it intended to be a substitute of allopathic healthcare. If you have a health problem, medical emergency, or a general health question, it is recommended you should consult your doctor. The services provided by Marlene are not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any medical condition.

Cancellations

Cancellations are sometimes unavoidable however clients are kindly requested to give a minimum 48hrs notice otherwise the following will apply:
  • More than 48h
    No Fee
  • Less Than 48h
    Full Fee
  • No Show
    Full Fee
For late arrivals, it may not be possible to carry out the full session so please be prompt.

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