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What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, and is one of the leading trauma therapies today.

EMDR enables people to heal from past disturbing events

As an accredited EMDR practitioner it is one of the main therapy approaches I use to help people. EMDR stands for Eye-movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing and is a powerful form of psychotherapy. EMDR therapy is in national guidelines for treating trauma, following birth or a traumatic bereavement for example. It’s also used more widely to help people with anxiety, depression and phobias.

EMDR works on the basis that all of us have a brain that is naturally capable of processing challenging events, but this process can get stuck when something overwhelming happens to us. This might be a big traumatic event or lots of smaller distressing events, such as bullying or repeated ruptures in our early relationships.

EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation to ‘process’ these events, as it naturally knows how to do, allowing your mind to resolve the issues which have been affecting your everyday functioning.

EMDR therapy explained

What to expect with EMDR therapy

If EMDR is recommended:

  • I will initially explain the approach as it might feel different to other types of therapy.
  • We will develop resources and positive coping skills so you can feel safe thinking about what happened.
  • We identify past events which are affecting you
  • When you feel comfortable I will ask you to visualise part of the traumatic event in detail whilst engaging in other stimulation (such tracking the movement of my hand, tapping alternate hands or listening to noises). This leads to changes in how you think and feel about the traumatic incident, reducing distress and improving everyday functioning.

I am well used to adapting EMDR therapy to help people in the perinatal period, this is the time around pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. EMDR therapy also works very well online so you can have sessions from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

You can find out more about EMDR therapy by reading my article ‘EMDR Therapy: Changing the way memories live in us‘.

Deciding to have therapy is the most important first step towards looking after your mental health. It can be confusing to know what type of approach feels like the right fit. Contact me and I will help you every step of the way.

Dr Miriam Inder – Helping you have Better Beginnings