Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Clare Carter

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy or EMDR for short is a psychotherapy approach that helps people heal from trauma or adversities such as issues of: abuse, bullying, domestic violence, grief/loss, attachment wounds, abandonment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other complicated life issues.

EMDR therapy is validated as an evidence-based approach and is included in the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as a recommended treatment for PTSD.

Reported benefits of EMDR include:

  • A reduction in re-experiencing trauma memories.

  • Feeling more able to cope with and manage trauma memories without needing to avoid potential triggers.

  • Feeling more able to engage in and enjoy pleasurable activities and relationships.

  • Reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, irritation and hypervigilance – allowing you to rest well, address pressure and/or conflict and go about your daily business without feeling fearful and prone to panic.

  • Reduced feelings of isolation, hopelessness and depression.

  • A boost in self-confidence and self-esteem.

How does EMDR work?

When traumatic events occur, the body’s natural cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms can be overwhelmed and subsequently the memory is inadequately processed and stored in an isolated network. The goal of EMDR therapy is to properly process these traumatic memories, reducing their impact and helping clients to develop coping mechanisms.

What can EMDR help with?

EMDR is increasingly being used to help adults, young people and children with:

  • Depression

  • PTSD

  • Performance anxiety

  • Phobias and fears

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment and relationship problems

About Clare Carter

Clare is a qualified and Registered Mental Health Nurse and EMDR Therapist.  She is currently studying for an MSc in EMDR Therapy at Worcester University and is able to work with adults, young people and children using EMDR.

If you would like more information about EMDR and whether it could help you, or you would like to make an appointment please contact Clare.

Tel: 07974-376303

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For further information see www.emdrassociation.org.uk

EMDR has been validated by over 20 randomised controlled clinical trials (see www.emdrhap.org/emdr info/researchandresources.php)