EMDR Trauma Therapy
We offer specialist Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy (EMDR) for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), such as flashbacks, feeling as though they are back in a previous situation, sleep disorder, hyper-vigilance and behaviour changes. PTSD can affect a range of individuals for a number of reasons.
EMDR can help a wide range of individuals including:
- Army veterans
- Victims of significant childhood trauma, sexual abuse, physical violence, domestic violence, emotional abuse, or neglect.
- Individuals involved in industrial accidents, accidents in the work-place, or Road Traffic Accidents
- Victims of a physical assault or sexual assault in childhood or adulthood.
- Individuals who experience symptoms of PTSD – flashbacks, nightmares, re-experiencing, hypervigilance, difficulties trusting, difficulties relaxing.
Your therapist may utilise specialist EMDR equipment in your session, including headphones, the lightbar, or buzzers to induct bilateral stimulation (stimulation on both sides of the body, alternating).
You may be asked to track with your eyes a light that is moving, whilst thinking and talking about the trauma. This may feel a little strange at first, but the mechanisms of bilateral stimulation can allow
For memories that are stuck in implicit memory, to be moved to explicit memory. This means that rather than memories being frozen or trapped (which causes flashbacks as they can be re-entered into at any time – like a videotape on pause), they become simply “just a memory.” The ‘emotional charge’ so to speak is healed and taken out of the equation. It doesn’t change what happened, but it allows clients to move forwards with their lives.