What does EMDR mean?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective tool of psychotherapy and is supported by robust clinical research. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

At Butterfly Counselling, we have a fully qualified EMDR specialist who has acquired accredited training with the EMDR Association for UK/Europe. The psychotherapist is competent in EMDR with adults and has trained in Parts 1/2/3/4. The theoretical framework model for EMDR therapy is Adaptive Information Processing (AIP).

What does EMDR do?

Put simply, EMDR is a psychotherapy approach which identifies and processes memories from an over-whelming traumatic event which has occurred in someone’s life. The therapist uses either visual, auditory or tactile stimulation to help the client with processing the memory.

EMDR uses a natural function of the body, known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) to process trauma. REM occurs when we sleep to help us process our everyday emotional experiences.

Following a distressing event, sometimes a memory becomes ‘stuck’ due to the high level of stress/disturbances experienced at that time. The memory then becomes an unprocessed memory, a ‘stuck’ memory. The unprocessed memory of a distressing event gets stuck in the original time and place. This means that a person cannot remember the distressing event or similar events without feeling emotionally triggered. Emotional triggers usually arise from our senses – sight/hearing/touch/smell/taste. The painful emotions, negative cognitions and physical sensations experienced in the body during the original event become triggered in the here and now.

EMDR can help reduce the intensity of disturbing emotions and thoughts associated with a past traumatic event and can give a person a sense of control back into their lives.

What can EMDR be used for?

  • Anxiety of any type.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Traumas/Complex Trauma.
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
  • Grief and loss.
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Low confidence/self-esteem
  • Childhood trauma
  • Sexual abuse/Physical abuse
  • Fears – Past/Present/Future
  • Nightmares

There are many other issues that EMDR can help you with – contact Butterfly Counselling Services Ltd for details

The 8 phases of EMDR therapy

The above protocol may be changed to accommodate the different issues clients have. This therapy can be successfully provided either online via Zoom or in a face-to-face therapy room setting, making it a very accessible treatment for all.

Each session lasts 60 - 90 minutes

Fees: Please contact Butterfly Counselling Services Ltd for details.