Eye-Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
From April ‘21, I will be training in EMDR Therapy through an accredited provider. Previously, EMDR training was split up into level 1 and level 2. Now, levels 1 and 2 have been merged together and is now simply referred to as “EMDR Basic Training” which I hope to complete by September ’21 and will attend more advanced EMDR trainings at a later date.
During this training period, EMDR will be provided at a discounted rate. Through this period, I will also only work with clients with “single event trauma” using EMDR. Please do see my trauma therapy page by clicking here if you have experienced more severe or repeated trauma.
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, Such as: anxiety, depression, phobias, stress and grief and 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. 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 in trauma. Through using bilateral stimulation whilst processing the traumatic material in a mental or in a felt sense, as opposed to talking through the details, helps the brain to metabolise the stuck, maladaptive 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 it is accelerated in comparison to other therapies, involves less talking through specific details of the event/s and is therefore less intrusive. EMDR is also well supported by 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.
- Imaginal templates of future situations to assist the learning of new skills.
The 8 Phases are:
- History Taking
- Body Scan
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 90 minute sessions.
All fees are based on 90-minute sessions.
- Guildford: £120 (£60 until September)
- Woking: £110 (£55 until September)
- Online: £90 (£45 until September) if it is at a time where I am usually working from home. The above office fees apply if at a time I am usually at a particular office.