Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy2021-01-26T15:43:01+00:00

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

Those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or who have experienced trauma, may have undergone longstanding emotional change and adopted new behaviours. The after-effects of trauma, from sleeping problems to heightened negative emotions, disturbs the normal processing of memories, exacerbating psychological stress.

EMDR is a practical approach to dealing with trauma, using eye movement direction to reprocess past experiences away from the emotional centre. The bilateral movement of the eyes, overtime, helps to lessen the distressing effects of traumatic memories, thoughts or images.

Following EMDR therapy, clients can focus on positive futures without inhibition from previously deep-rooted experiences.

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How many sessions would I need?

This depends on many factors and the how far back the presenting issues extend. Most people begin to find some relief and positive change within the first 4 sessions of meeting on a weekly basis. By the end of the first session we would be in a position to decide how many sessions would be required in order to complete the work safely and effectively.

For issues of childhood or sexual abuse I would use a more psychodynamic approach, which would be upwards of 12 sessions.

For the majority of clients presenting with Life Events, Couples Counselling, Anxiety and Bereavement it would normally be between 6 – 12 sessions.

Ultimately; counselling cannot immediately change someone’s situation, but it can help to change the way we think about it and therefore reduce anxiety. Once we get into a calm space we can explore choices that help us become happier.

If you would like any further information or to clarify whether this is something you wish to try please give me a call on 07836 355 900 or email me at: apollopsychotherapy@gmail.com.

All calls and emails are dealt with by me, so are in the strictest confidence.

To say that Jonathan has transformed my world is an understatement.

For 10 years I’d being living with depression, anxiety and PTSD, getting to the point where I had a breakdown in May last year. Only now having had my ‘breakthrough’ can I see just how ill I actually was. Immediately I felt comfortable with Jonathan, in his home; I needed to feel safe which I did. His demeanor and manner put me at ease and I was able to open up and unlock all of the negative emotions in my head. We started with talking therapy which then led on to EMDR therapy. It’s a wonderful treatment. Everything in life seems to ‘settle’, the flashbacks fade, the memories are still there but there’s less disturbance from them. The biggest thing that has happened is that the constant chatter in my head has stopped. I feel peaceful for the first time in 10 years.

I’m able to get out of bed on a morning and face the world. I have the tools now to stay grounded and present. I’d highly recommend EMDR therapy and Jonathan be the one to do it with you.

Teacher, Wiltshire

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