Eye-movement desensitisation and reprogramming
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a relatively recent therapy which works on bilateral stimulation of the brain, either through side to side eye-movement, sound recognition or via a physical stimulus, such as tapping. It works upon the premise that unprocessed negative memories are stored in the psyche, as trauma. While focusing upon aspects of past trauma, such as a mental image of the event or attributed bodily sensation, the brain is bi-laterally stimulated so that 'trapped' memories rise to the surface. These are dealt with gently, in a safe environment where they can be adaptively processed.
EMDR can be used as a stand-alone therapy and is immensely powerful in many instances. I tend to use it as a complementary therapeutic tool, integrated with hypnotherapy work. Together the two are profoundly healing and effective. It's also excellent for treating phobias and for generating behavioural changes, such as stopping smoking.
It's simple and safe and you can find out more about it here:
Alternatively, you might like to watch Jameela Jamil speaking to Russell Brand about how EMDR worked for her:
Whether or not you choose to incorporate EMDR as part of your therapy is up to you.
All my work is tailored to the unique needs of each individual and designed to make you feel safe and relaxed.