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What is EMDR therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) therapy

For Adult, Child & Group


This relatively new therapy is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped over a million people who have experienced psychological difficulties originating from some kind of traumatic experience, such as sexual abuse, childhood neglect, road traffic accidents and violence. It is an effective, complex method of psychotherapy which integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic approaches , and combines them with eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation in ways which influence the brain's information processing systems. EMDR is effectively administered online all over the world. 

Many clients (especially children) prefer bilateral stimulation through shoulder tapping, specialist handheld tactile tappers (buzzers) and/or through earphones instead. Online clients are supported to tap themselves whilst younger children attending with a parent/carer, might call upon the adult to tap their arms or shoulders (therapist present). As in the clinic, EMDR can set up and support a tangible and reciprocal healing relationship between all those present. 

EMDR is one of the most effective therapies currently being delivered to returning servicemen, disaster victims, and private clients through esteemed Harley Street trauma clinics (London) and internationally. The Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) allows us to desensitize very recent events (e.g. within 1-3 months) whereas standard trauma treatments might typically be delivered over a year to 18 months after the event. The Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) allows us to help groups (e.g. team or family) desensitize after a shared traumatic experience.

Normally, the individual processes positive and negative experiences naturally. However, when a person is severely traumatized, either by an overwhelming event or by being repeatedly subjected to distress, this natural healing process may become overloaded, leaving the original disturbing experiences unprocessed. These unprocessed memories can be stored in the brain in a "raw" form where they can be continually re-evoked when experiencing events that are similar to the original experience. The approach utilizes the body's natural healing ability and allows the brain to heal psychological problems at the same rate as the rest of the body heals physical ailments. Because this approach allows the mind and body to heal at the same rate, treatment can be rapid. The number of sessions required will vary according to the complexity of the issues being dealt with. In general, the more isolated the traumatic memory being treated, the shorter the treatment tends to be [ref. EMDR Europe]. EMDR still fascinates us! 


All our practitioners receive regular supervision from an experienced supervisor as recommended by their professional bodies. EMDR practitioners receive regular EMDR supervision (in addition) with an EMDR Consultant. 


This approach is recognised by NICE (National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellence) as, along with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), the most effective psychotherapeutic treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as defined in DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). NICE provide evidence-based guidance and advice for health, public health (NHS) & social health practitioners in UK. Paul Gregory Associates Ltd are proud to offer you a qualified and experienced EMDR (Europe) Accredited therapist from our team here at Hamblin Hall. Accredited child appropriate treatment also offered. For more info, please click here to visit EMDR Association website (UK).


Accredited child appropriate Online EMDR treatment available here..               

Online treatment available via Zoom

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