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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

What is EMDR?

EMDR Europe

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a powerful and relatively new therapeutic technique that has helped many thousands of people who have suffered a traumatic experience or personal and emotional difficulties.

How does EMDR work?

It’s thought that when a disturbing event occurs, it can get locked in our nervous system with the original picture, sounds, negative and distressing thoughts and feelings. EMDR seems to unlock the nervous system and allows the brain to process the experience. Some scientists liken EMDR to what happens in REM or dream sleep – the eye movements may help to process the unconscious material.

During the therapy, the client is totally conscious and it’s their own brain that is doing the healing.

For more information about EMDR go to the EMDR UK & Ireland website.

How effective is EMDR?

Research studies have shown that EMDR can markedly accelerate the healing process after a traumatic experience and that the effects are long-lasting. EMDR is highly effective, and is often used by the military to help soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The patron of the EMDR Association is Terry Waite CBE, and treatment has been approved by the World Health Organisation for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in adults and children.

Follow this link for a New York Times report, which provides more information about research into EMDR.

This is a quote from the Department of Health’s paper, Closing the gap: priorities for essential change in mental health:

What are psychological therapies?Often known as “talking therapies”, psychological therapies involve a person talking to a trained therapist, either one-to-one, in a group or with their wife, husband or partner. Types of psychological therapy that are approved for use within the NHS – based on extensive reviews of evidence about what works – include:
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
• Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
• Couple Therapy for Depression
• Counselling for Depression
• Behavioural Family Therapy & Cognitive Behavioural Family Interventions
• Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

Our EMDR Therapist - Nicola Smith

NicolaNicola Smith is a BABCP accredited practitioner in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) having qualified at Kings College, London in 2003. She is also accredited in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - a powerful and relatively new therapeutic technique, which has helped many thousands of people overcome the effects of trauma and other emotional difficulties. She has worked with a wide variety of problems, but has a particular interest in dealing with trauma and anxiety.

The Ashgrove Clinic

Our clinic is located in Higham Ferrers, close to Rushden, Northamptonshire.  We are also within easy reach of Northampton, Wellingborough, Bedford, Kimbolton and Kettering.

If you are considering counselling and have any questions or concerns please contact us today. We also undertake counselling as part of the EAP (Employer Assistance Programme).