EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

What is EMDR?
Firstly! Throughout EMDR you are fully alert, wide awake and in control. The process is a different therapeutic approach to hypnotherapy.

In 1987, Francine Shapiro was one of the most prominent founders of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Processing) and it was then that the treatment was used initially for PTSD.

EMDR is recognised by NICE (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as the preferred treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) AND it has evolved in to a highly effective treatment of choice and therapeutic technique for a wide range of problems.

So what can EMDR be used for?
In addition to EMDR being the treatment of choice for PTSD, EMDR has also been successfully used to treat: (This list is not exhaustive)

What is Trauma anyway?
PTSD is perhaps most associated with incidents such as war disasters and other extreme significant traumatic community events and these events are indeed extremely traumatic. However trauma also occurs whenever something out of the ordinary occurs and the person involved becomes overwhelmed by the event (eg a vehicle accident, rape, assault, a victim of crime, being held hostage) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (eg childhood neglect / abuse, domestic violence, bullied / tortured).

When someone is traumatised, they may experience such strong emotions the brain is overwhelmed and your natural coping mechanisms can become overloaded. This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining "frozen" and being unprocessed, meaning that they can be continually re-stimulated when you experience events similar to the difficult experiences you have been through.

Often the memory is forgotten but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, self disgust, anger, being powerless / in danger is continually triggered in the present. This can then result in your ability to live in the present and reach your full potential being inhibited.

So how does EMDR work?
Distressing events can be stored in a "raw" format if not processed properly and can recur as "action replays / flashbacks" or intrusive thoughts where you may relive the original unpleasant event. These memories have a negative impact on how someone sees themselves, the world around them and indeed others and as such can affect many aspects of present daily life.

EMDR seems to directly influence the way the brain functions by helping to restore its normal way of dealing with problems and processing information. EMDR seems to mimic what the brain does naturally during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep or dreaming and following successful EMDR therapy, memories of the trauma are no longer painful but instead remembered as a past event with less emotions attached to it.

What does a typical EMDR session involve?
After a thorough assessment, I will ask you specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. I will then use bilateral stimulation by asking you to watch my finger as I move it back and forth in your line of vision, or I may use alternate hand tapping movements or even audio stimulation.

After a short session of movements, I will stop and ask you to report on your experience; this may be either a memory, a thought, a feeling or an image, there is no correct answer as each person is individual. I will then repeat sets of the bilateral stimulation. By doing this, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and can then be remembered more as a neutral memory of an event in the past.

This leads to you being more empowered and enables you to move forward in areas of life you previously felt were problematic or hindering to you.

SO, What now?
You have already done the difficult bit- you have made contact and the first step to resolving an issue or problem that has held you back.

Having read the information on the website, the next stage is to get in touch; this can be by website contact form, email or telephone. You have nothing to lose by getting in touch. At this stage we will discuss what you see are the areas you want to improve. We will then arrange a mutually agreed time and place for the first consultation.

At the initial consultation, I will ask you some questions in order for me to gain a better insight into you, your needs and your expectations of Psycheinvestment. I will answer any questions you may have and above all I will be honest with you as regards whether Psycheinvestment can help you.

It is important to me that you have trust and feel secure in me as your therapist and we need to have a good working relationship for the sessions to have maximum benefit to you. The first session takes approximately 1- 1½ hrs, this allows us time to discuss your needs, answer any questions, agree on an approach and also have the initial Psycheinvestment session.

The first Psycheinvestment session will focus mainly on inducing a deeper state of relaxation in order for the positive suggestion therapy to take place. Some times only one session is required (this can be the case in smoking cessation for people who are "light" smokers for example).

In the case where more sessions are required or EMDR will be used, then I will have already informed you of the approximate amount of sessions recommended at the start of your initial session. Subsequent sessions will normally take approximately 45 minutes. I will always keep you informed of what is going on, the type of therapeutic approaches that are to be used and the approximate number of sessions.

CONTACT Psyche Investment

Email: info@psycheinvestment.co.uk

Providing a unique service incorporating Hypnotherapy, EMDR and psychological therapies to Arbroath & surrounding areas.