EMDR in Woking & Guildford

What is Psychological Trauma?

Eye-Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

What is EMDR?

 EMDR stands for Eye-Movement, Desensitisation, Reprocessing therapy. It was primarily developed for processing traumatic memories and adverse life experiences, however, has since been adapted for other difficulties which we find ourselves dealing with. These include: anxiety, depression, phobias, stress, esteem issues, grief and much more.

Using Eye movements as bilateral stimulation, EMDR helps to desensitise and process difficult emotions, negative thoughts, memories, body sensations, reduces reactions to current triggers and helps increase positive templates for future situations. Other forms of bilateral stimulation can be used, such as tapping and sounds. It is believed that the bilateral stimulation stimulates the brains natural processing tendencies similar to Rapid Eye-Movement sleep.

EMDR is theorised using the Adaptive Information Processing model (AIP) which posits that current disturbances are caused by past events which overwhelmed us to a point where the normal order of processing memory has been disrupted and is now stuck in a maladaptive form. The AIP model holds that the brain has a healing tendency which has been blocked or disrupted by trauma or overwhelm. Through using bilateral stimulation whilst processing the traumatic material in a mental or in a felt sense, as opposed to talking through the details, the brain to metabolise the stuck, maladaptive and unprocessed memories and then helps to consolidate accurate and more adaptive thought processes. EMDR is recommended by the World Health Organisation for treating trauma and is often preferred by many clients as processing happens faster in comparison to other therapies, involves less talking through specific details of the event/s and is therefore less intrusive. EMDR is also very well supported by empirical research.

EMDR is broken into 3 prongs and 8 phases. The 8 phases are utilised to work through the 3 prongs individually.


The 3 prongs are:

  • The past events which set the path for current distress or maladaptive patterns
  • The current situations or triggers (internal or external) which elicit the distress or unhelpful behaviours.
  • Installing templates of future situations to help assist the learning of new skills and manage future situations.

The 8 Phases are:

  • History Taking
  • Preparation
  • Assessment
  • Desensitisation
  • Installation
  • Body Scan
  • Closure
  • Re-evaluation

EMDR can be practiced as a standalone therapy or integrated into other therapy models. Depending on the level of distress or severity of the trauma, a more integrated approach may be needed to aid emotional regulation and building new skills to manage life. Sessions are usually weekly and are scheduled for either 50 or 90 minute sessions.



fees are based on 50 minute or 90-minute sessions and dependant on location.

  • Guildford: £65 for 50 minutes, £130 for 90 minutes
  • Woking: £65 for 50 minutes, £120 for 90 minutes
  • Online: £50 for 50 minutes, £100 for 90 minutes- these fees apply only at times where I am usually working from home. The fees above apply for online work if at a time I am usually at a particular office.

Contact Craig today for any enquiries.