EMDR in Salisbury, New Forest and Christchurch

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy originally developed to assist in resolving symptoms resulting from traumatic events. The approach addresses the past, present and future aspects of the traumatic or dysfunctional memory and transforms the emotional, sensory and cognitive components so that it is no longer distressing.

It is therefore extremely beneficial for those who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events, and as a consequence may be suffering from recurring flash-backs, nightmares, thoughts and beliefs, such as those who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The therapy will enable you to focus on solutions rather than the problems themselves and as such, will highlight your strengths and competencies instead of any perceived deficits, weaknesses and limitations.

Clearly defined goals are identified at the start so that we both know what you intend to achieve and can therefore identify when counselling is no longer necessary.

EMDR was devised by Francine Shapiro, an American psychologist. It is used to treat psychological distress. Just as a wound with a splinter in it, requires the blockage to be removed for healing to occur, so too, does psychological  trauma. If we remove a blockage that may have occurred as a result of trauma, such as a car accident, military warfare or rape, healing can then take place.

An EMDR treatment session can last up to 90 minutes. Your therapist will move his or her fingers back and forth in front of your face and ask you to follow these hand motions with your eyes. At the same time, the EMDR therapist will have you recall a disturbing event. This will include the emotions and body sensations that go along with it.

Gradually, the therapist will guide you to shift your thoughts to more pleasant ones.

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1 The Banks, Grimstead Road, Whaddon, Salisbury, Wiltshire,      SP5 3EE.


01722 238395

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M-F:  9.00am – 5.30pm.                Some weekend and evening appointments available.

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