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EMDR Therapy for Trauma

This therapy is a highly regarded and evidenced-based treatment that gives significant results after a few sessions. My background and experience as a Hypnotherapist have led me to undertake specialist training in this field of trauma and post-traumatic stress.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as its causes and symptoms.

It explained that PTSD is an anxiety disorder an individual develops after involvement in or witnessing, a stressful or traumatic event. When trauma occurs, it can have detrimental effects on mental well-being, affecting all aspects of an individual’s life.

Within the work environment, it may lead employees to display a variety of symptoms that may be detrimental to your business efforts. This includes poor relationships with co-workers, increased absences, and decreased productivity.

We offer Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to help PTSD sufferers to normalise the overwhelming psychological, physiological and emotional responses to minor, moderate and severe critical incidents.

This piece explores cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for PTSD. In it, we’ll highlight the main treatments available as well as the benefits of using CBT for this disorder.

Talking therapy

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends two forms of talking therapy for treating PTSD:

  1. Trauma-focused CBT.

  2. Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is a form of psychotherapy that traces an individual’s patterns of thought to identify and challenge negative behaviour and attitudes.

As well as its effectiveness for addressing issues with anxiety and depression, it also helps to treat PTSD and other mood disorders.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach, designed to treat trauma and alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Past trauma, like childhood neglect, physical or sexual abuse, violence, accidents, and others can block EMDR works by stimulating the left and the right part of the brain as the eyes follow hand movements, while you recall the distressing memories. To make the experience as non-traumatic as possible, I strive to create a safe, environment where your comfort and mental health are of the utmost priority.

When a person recalls a memory, the person can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, by alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, patients can stimulate the "frozen" information processing system. During the process, the memories seem to lose their intensity so that the memories are less distressing. These stages include the use of eye movements or other forms of left and right alternating stimulation, along with relaxation exercises, guided visualisations and breathing techniques.

What is EMDR therapy used for?

One area of this growth is the treatment of anxiety and anxiety related issues such as panic attacks or phobia’s. While many anxiety treatments help you deal with the symptoms of anxiety, EMDR therapy can help you address the root cause of your anxiety or fear.

EMDR therapy can also be used to effectively help you deal with depression. Often times depression can be a symptom of other problems in your life, and EMDR therapy can help you work through those problems that are adding to your depression.

Some of the important areas that EMDR therapy can be helpful include:

  • Trauma or PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic pain

  • Childhood trauma or complex trauma

  • Unresolved grief

  • Eating disorders

  • Treating addictions

  • Phobia’s or fears


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