EMDR Therapy Norwich Norfolk

(Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)

About EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is evidence based recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline for treating PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder). It can also help various mental health difficulties. 

Trauma may present with a range of symptoms such as anxiety disorders, depression, sleep problems, re-experiencing, anger, hypervigilance, emotional difficulties plus much more. 

EMDR therapy processes old disturbing memories and events with eye movements. It is a fast and effective treatment for PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship difficulties and any old disturbing memories or life events that cause you emotional, psychological or physical distress in the present. 

The traumatic events remains locked within part of the brain as a raw unprocessed memory, this is not incorporated with the individual's other experiences. 

We can get triggered over and over again in the present moment causing us further distress and stopping us from living the life we want.

EMDR establishes new connections and file the event so the traumatic experience can be thought of and talked about as a past event and no longer impacting on us emotionally, psychologically and physiologically. 

EMDR therapy sets you free and resolves the old problems.

Clients can recover quickly with EMDR therapy, usually within 6-12 sessions. This depends on how many life events a client needs to process.

EMDR History

It was developed by an American Psychologist Francine Shapiro in 1987. EMDR uses Rapid Eye Movement (REM) as the basis for treatment. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is a natural function of the body and occurs when we are in deep sleep. The body uses REM sleep to help it to process daily emotional experiences.

Book A Free 15 Minute Initial Consultation 

Fees £75.00 for a 50 minute session. 

£120.00 for a 90 minute session.

To book call  077921 45455 or email [email protected]

How Often Are Sessions?

Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions dependant on your treatment plan.

What to Expect from EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy is an eight phased protocol, including history taking, looking at your childhood, relationships, how you feel about yourself. I’ll ask you questions, what brought you to therapy, what are your current difficulties, what would you like to be different at the end of therapy. This is so we can check your progress ensuring we meet your needs and goals. 

Once we’ve completed the history taking we will installed a safe place. Choosing a place or somewhere that you feel peaceful, safe or calm and focussing on the pleasing sensations with slow eye movements, following the light on the light bar to enhance the feeling. When you are ready we will start processing events while following the fast light on the light bar with eye movements. 

The eye movements will last for a few seconds and then stop. I will then ask you to report back on what you are noticing now. You might notice changes in thoughts, images, body sensations and feelings. Gradually you will feel calmer and start to recall the event in a more adaptive way. We aim to process until the image or event is no longer disturbing for you and you feel neutral.

EMDR Therapy and the Brain

The limbic system is often referred to as our 'emotional brain' or 'childish brain'. It is found buried within the cerebrum and contains the Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Amygdala and Hippocampus.

In EMDR Processing with bilateral stimuli (eye movements or tapping) a connection takes place of the Amygdala and Hippocampus, filing the distress where it should be as a past memory.

The Amygdala

The Amygdala plays a role in regulating emotions and the formation of fear responses. 'Fight, flight or freeze' response to threat. 

With trauma the amygdala is hyperactive or over responsive leading to hypervigilance.

The Hippocampus

The Hippocampus is particularly important in forming memories, and connecting emotions and senses, such as smell and sound, to memories. 

The hippocampal abnormalities contribute to the intrusive memories, flashbacks, and fragmented recollections often experienced by individuals with PTSD.

About Me

Accredited EMDR Practitioner with the EMDR Association UK & Europe. Currently in further training as an EMDR Consultant. Certificates in Part 1, 2 & 3 of EMDR Therapy with EMDR Extra. Also offering EMDR Supervision 121 or within groups.

Accredited Practitioners are recognised as having demonstrated their competence and skills in the practice of EMDR therapy under supervision of an EMDR Consultant. 

Please see the videos from the EMDR Association on what to expect from EMDR therapy and choosing your therapist.