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.
Hannah is an experienced CBT therapist and EMDR practitioner who has worked in NHS mental health services since 2004. Hannah completed a PGDip in CBT in 2009 and went on to complete an MSc in advanced practice of CBT in 2016. Hannah has also completed EMDR training parts 1,2 and 3 and uses this approach as a stand-alone treatment or in addition to CBT. Hannah has an interest in the benefits of Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness and will incorporate these approaches into her clinical work to enhance treatment where appropriate. Hannah is fully accredited with the BABCP and receives regular supervision.
Hannah is passionate about promoting emotional wellbeing and enjoys helping people to overcome difficulties that are having a negative impact on their day to day lives.
Please get in touch with Hannah if you have any questions about CBT, EMDR or any aspects of therapy. Email address: [email protected]
Assessment and treatment sessions with Hannah cost £70.
For further information about Hannah please visit her website: www.cheshirewellbeingcbt.co.uk