EMDR was originally developed to help people who had experienced trauma, as an extensively researched and evidence-based form of psychotherapy. As well as being used to treat trauma-based experiences, EMDR has now been shown to be effective in treating many other issues including PTSD, long-term pain conditions, complicated grief, addiction and the effects of abuse on an individual. David is widely trained in EMDR and has been using this form of therapy effectively for several years.
Trauma is at the heart of many of many distressing life experiences. We tend to associate trauma as being related to experiencing or witnessing war, a natural disaster, an accident or major crime. However, it can also result from other experiences, many of which are rooted in childhood, and can include neglect, abandonment or bullying.
Any traumatic event or experience leaves an imprint on your unconscious mind, and triggering those memories can lead to long term effects such as depression, anxiety, anger and addiction.
EMDR is designed to specifically treat that imprint, so that you can lower associated stress levels and move on to improve your quality life. It is a well researched, exact protocol, with distinct stages, each of which you move through safely in the hands of an experienced EMDR practitioner. In simple terms, EMDR uses a series of eye movements and/or other forms of simulation like tapping, to retrain your unconscious mind to reduce the impact of previous trauma. However, this is only done after you have been prepared by your therapist, called ‘resourcing’, and afterwards your safety, security and relaxation are checked so that you can leave sessions in comfort.
Over time, EMDR is proven to help reduce the impact of negative memories or flashbacks, so that you can work towards a calmer, less hyper-vigilant existence. This in turn helps improve relationships, lowers anxiety, and increases your sense of safety within yourself, and also in the world around you.
If talking about a traumatic event is so distressing you have been put off therapy in the past, EMDR is ideal as it is less about discussing the event itself, but more about working around how it affects your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations now.
Booking an initial consultation with David will bring a gentle approach so that you can discuss your personal history at your own pace, and learn more about the EMDR process and how it can be tailored to suit your own, individual life experiences, so that future sessions can work towards giving you a fuller, calmer and more confident life.
With over a decade of experience in clinical practice, David can be found on the accredited register of BACP counsellors and psychotherapists. David specialises in the field of addiction, as well as providing a full range of therapies to individuals, couples, families and colleagues. David has a wide range of skills in supporting clients with challenging behaviours and emotions, leading to other mental health issues including anxiety, depression and the full range of conditions listed below. David also has a keen interest in the treatment of trauma and his varied training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) as trauma is at the heart of so many mental health issues. David has a wide range of expertise in CBT, CAT and Transactional Analysis, and his aim is to offer a tailor-made, integrative approach for every client, in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.
After studying Psychology, David went on to complete his Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at LJMU, which is a BACP accredited course to Masters level. As well as his BACP accredited registration, David has a certificate in Counselling Supervision and is highly experienced in this field.