My integrative approach allows you to gain a fresh perspective on the dilemma that has brought you to therapy. A non-judging therapeutic relationship allows you space to explore your thoughts, emotions and responses and through feedback and reflection your self awareness will grow and you'll understand yourself better. This will enable you to develop more positive beliefs about yourself, increasing your self esteem and confidence.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is based on the theory that our bodies have a natural psychological way of overcoming stresses and traumas. This healing process naturally occurs when we are asleep, particularly when we are experiencing rapid eye movement.
However, this usual way of coping can be overwhelmed, by a major trauma – childhood abuse or a car accident, for instance – or even by a seemingly minor incident, such as a knock to your self-confidence.
Sometimes when this happens the brain fails to deal effectively with the event.
Emotions such as panic or anxiety that are felt at the time can become stuck or blocked, and then triggered again and again over many years. The mind replays the event and the feelings associated with it, instead of processing the experience and moving on.
EMDR therapy utilises the body’s natural healing process. While asking questions about a disturbing memory, the counsellor recreates eye movements similar to those that occur during REM sleep, while you feedback on what was experienced.
Under a guided process, the upsetting emotions and body sensations fade into the past and lose their power to disturb you. It has been processed.
EMDR has been successfully used to treat a range of conditions, including PTSD, complex trauma, panic attacks, depression, addictions and eating disorders, pain relief, self-esteem and performance anxiety.
As recommended by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), and WHO (The World Health Organisation), it is an effective therapy for dealing with many different kinds of trauma.
For more information on EMDR, visit the EMDR Association website.
This therapy uses the same EMDR approach but is modified for children and adolescents depending on their chronological and emotional/social age
EMDR Child and Adolescent
Working with Children/Adolescents and Parents
I have many years experience working with children and adolescents and their carers/parents through my work for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs). I am qualified in therapeutic life story work and DDP (dyadic developmental psychotherapy - working with parent/carer and child together), I also incorporate Theraplay activities within the sessions.