Therapeutic Approaches

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a gold standard treatment for

which trauma, PTSD, intrusive thoughts and images, destructive schema’s and beliefs and other ailments.

It works to map out someone’s trauma memory network, and help them process memories in the network by distracting parts of the mind while allowing other parts to process emotionally. It distracts the mind using basic tasks (eg. visually track a rapidly moving object) while the trauma is brought to mind in various ways.
It also reduces the emotional and visual/visceral charge of memories extremely quickly by bringing up and then recreating the memory whilst parts of the mind are distracted.

At least, those are the two prominent theories on why it works

We aren’t totally sure, but we have a good idea. What we are sure of in the psychology world, based on decades of outcome research, is that EMDR is extremely effective.

EMDR can be completed without you ever having to tell me what it is that is bothering you

in the blind to therapist protocol, though you are of course, extremely welcome to tell me what is bothering you. We can use EMDR to treat a fear of something terrible happening, shame over something you have done or over something that was done to you, or intrusive mental imagery.

‘What is the problem you are seeking help with?’ Is the first question I will ask you. Good on you for seeking help.