EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a therapy that helps people recover from problems triggered by traumatic events in their lives. It stops difficult memories causing significant distress and having a big impact on your life and relationships. After a careful assessment process we aim to reprocess them (those memories) whilst moving your eyes quickly in the presence of a therapist.
EMDR is best known for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but it can also help with a range of mental health conditions in people of all ages. It is known to work well for people experiencing high levels of anxiety, phobia's and depression.
EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response. Over time, this technique is believed to lessen the impact that the memories or thoughts have on you.
After successful treatment with EMDR, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal associated with stress is reduced. When you meet for a consultation I will talk you through the process and only after careful assessment and preparation we will start the rapid eye movements.
EMDR and children
EMDR can also help children who have experienced traumatic events - whether they remember those or not does not matter for the outcome of the treatment. I integrate Art Psychotherapy with EMDR and often work with the parents and the child together, especially when they are under the age of 10. Please contact me to discuss whether this way of working would be suitable for you and your child. Please note I only offer child EMDR in combination with Art Psychotherapy in the Goose Green clinic in East Dulwich.
Price per session: £100,-