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What is EMDR?

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and is an effective treatment used for trauma based difficulties such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence). It is also effective in the treatment of other emotional conditions such as abuse, fears and phobias, OCD and addictions.
EMDR works on the idea that traumatic experiences may not be processed and stored in the brain the same way other, non-traumatic memories are. When someone has experienced a trauma they may find it difficult to speak about, find themselves reliving or thinking about the incident they didn’t want to and experience strong emotional and physical responses. EMDR allows the brain to process the incident and store the memory in the brain so it can be accessed i.e. thought about without the same emotional and physical distress.
Research into EMRD has found it to be highly effective in helping people process emotionally painful and traumatic experiences. EMDR allows the individual to work with distressing and traumatic experiences without the need for detailed discussion about the nature of the incident; which can often be very distressing for the individual.

What to expect?

EMDR can feel somewhat different as an approach in treatment, especially if someone has experience of more ‘traditional’ psychological treatment which involves more “talking”. EMDR works on the idea of helping ‘kick start’ the brain into its natural emotional processing, in much the same way our brain processes information during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.

If you are not sure whether EMDR would be suitable, please contact me to discuss further.

Further information can be found at

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy-York | Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) & EMDR | Jemma Austin