(Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) For a breakdown of my EMDR qualifications please see my experience page.
Definition (EMDR International Association)- EMDR is an evidence-based, clinician led, psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The model on which EMDR is based, Adaptive Information Processing (AIP), posits that much of psychopathology is due to the maladaptive encoding of and/or incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life experiences. This impairs the client’s ability to integrate these experiences in an adaptive manner. The eight-phase, three-pronged process of EMDR facilitates the resumption of normal information processing and integration. This treatment approach, which targets past experience, current triggers, and future potential challenges, results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers. EMDR therapy is a therapeutic intervention that must be administered by an EMDR trained clinician or those who are currently participating in an EMDRIA Approved training.
What is EMDR? This video illustrates what EMDR therapy is about:
I am an accredited EMDR practioner with EMDR UK & Ireland. Accreditation is a mark of competency and shows that I have reached a certain level of experience, expertise and have accountability in place.
EMDR is heavily researched to be highly effective in relieving psychological stress and is an effective treatment for PTSD and Complex/developmental PTSD.