EMDR Therapy

Who is EMDR Help?

EMDR is short for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, a form of treatment within therapy.
EMDR HELP is a small business providing online and face to face therapy using EMDR with Frances Lindon.

Frances Lindon

I trained and worked as an NHS psychiatrist over the last 25 years within the North West and now work independently as an EMDR practitioner treating fee paying adults over the age of 18 years.

I am accredited in my work by EMDR Europe and can be found on the practitioner's list of the EMDR Association UK -  My work is supervised by an accredited EMDR Consultant.
I have a licence to practice from the General Medical Council [G.M.C.] and am a member of the Independent Doctor's Federation [ I.D.F.] who are responsible for my yearly appraisal.
For my previous service to mental health services, I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Elizabeth Lindon

Why EMDR Therapy ?

There is a confusing range of possible types of therapy available .
All types of therapy are dependent on a relationship between therapist and client within which the client feels safe to open up and supported in their distress.

EMDR sits in a group of therapy types that addresses the roots of a client's present distress. It has the advantage of linking thoughts, emotions with bodily sensations where traumatic memory is stored.

  • There is strong neuroscientific research evidence for the physical mechanisms underlying what happens to brain networks during EMDR.
  • There is strong research evidence of its efficacy in the treatment of PTSD and weaker evidence for other conditions.

A client can expect a professional relationship within which confidentiality is respected.
Further expectations would be for a client to gain an awareness of a beneficial process that they are engaged in, and feel prepared for the closing down of the relationship.

What is EMDR - Hand drawn example

How does EMDR work ?

EMDR facilitates a shift in brain networks [Adaptive information processing], so that trauma is felt in the past. Adaptive information processing allows a change of perspective with regard to the person s negative beliefs about themselves in relation to the trauma . Once past and present trauma has been addressed in this way , EMDR is used to strengthen brain networks so that future threats currently causing anxiety feel more manageable .

Before & After EMDR Brain Activity

What is Psychological Trauma?

When a human being is exposed to threat, networks of brain cells are activated so that person can act to protect themselves from harm .
This emergency response means that a human being will either overcome the threat or run away [fight or flight] , or freeze [ no visible response , so the threat goes away .]

If an emergency response was not possible in these ways or the threat did not go away ,  these networks are reactivated in the present each time there is a potential threat , direct or indirect [ e.g. watching threatening content on t.v. ] .This is why the trauma of the past is still experienced as if it is still happening now , causing distress.

A person may experience overwhelming reexperiencing of the trauma [flashbacks] , intrusive memories or negative beliefs about themselves , images and feelings or an absence of feeling .

An absence of feeling because of shut down causes distressing emotional numbness and lack of connection with self and others [Dissociation] . Overwhelming feelings can change abruptly and be experienced as mood swings or difficulty with emotional regulation . Intense feelings of fear, anger , anxiety and sadness are normal .

A common way to cope with this is to avoid potential threats [avoidance] , the result being that a person can become isolated . It is common for trauma to lie at the root of anxiety and depression and for the experience of mental illness to be a traumatising experience in itself.

Hand drawn image - Eye showing what is psyclogical trauma

What are the causes of Psychological Trauma?

A single over whelming event such as an accident or being a victim of crime.

Repeated trauma such as being bullied in the school playground.

  • Multiple over a period of time

  • Bullying and harassment

  • Abusive relationship

  • Being a military veteran

  • Working for an emergency service

  • Personal and Professional impact of Covid-19

  • Childhood adversity ; neglect , physical,emotional & sexual abuse 

  • Single

  • Victim of crime

  • Bereavement

  • Relationship break up

  • Accident

  • Physical or mental illness

  • Losing a job

The experience of trauma in the past goes some way to explaining why one person may struggle to cope with current potentially traumatic events , whereas another person may get through without being traumatised . The common reality for a person who seeks help is yet another event which tips the balance negatively in their ability to cope.

What EMDR Sessions do I offer ?

EMDR Help offers 1 Hour sessions at a mutually convenient time, both online and face to face, with evening sessions sometimes possible. There is increasing evidence that online video consultation is as effective as face to face consultation
Sessions are normally once a week although can be held twice a week if needed.

I do not charge for the first consultation so that you can make a decision whether you feel that I may be the right therapist to help you.

On average, a single trauma might take around 5 sessions and more complex trauma 10-12 sessions;

  • Beginning ; By the end of two [single trauma] – four sessions [multiple trauma] you should feel that you have been able to open up enough to give me a picture of how you have come to be wanting to engage in therapy . Talking to me may give a feeling of relief in itself , but during these sessions you will also be learning some techniques to manage difficult feelings [ or absence of feeling . ] You will planning what you would like to change through therapy.
  • Middle ; It normally takes a further session [single trauma] to three sessions [multiple trauma]  to prepare for reprocessing of the trauma by strengthening psychological resources further and identifying which traumatic memories need to be the target of treatment . Those targets will then be desensitised and reprocessed and adaptive perspectives on the memory installed.
    By the end of four sessions [ single trauma ] - ten sessions [ multiple trauma] , clients would expect to be feeling benefits from E.M.D.R. treatment , progress towards therapy goals would be evaluated , and further number of sessions agreed as necessary .
  • Moving on ; The final two sessions are a preparation for the future, including the ending of therapy.

If E.M.D.R. is not suiting you, I will discuss a referral to other sources of help and support.

For clients suffering from complex trauma , I can offer longer-term therapy . The therapy would be agreed upon in blocks of 6 sessions .
Clients might find that identifying parts , such as child / teenage parts , and reprocessing trauma still held by those parts , could achieve very significant positive shifts in mental well-being.

How much do sessions cost ?

£70.00 Per Session - Face to Face

£60.00 Per Session - Online

Reduced Fee's - For students or clients accessing state benefits, please contact me.

Please note, initial consultation with Dr Frances Lindon will be free of charge so that you can make a decision whether you feel that I may be the right therapist to help you.

Client Reviews

  • "Frances is a very skilled therapist who supported me to overcome some very complex trauma. She made me feel safe and able to explore my difficulties in a very containing way. I will be forever grateful for my therapy with her and would fully recommend her services."

  • "Completing EMDR therapy has been life changing and really insightful.  I learnt a lot about myself and have been astounded at the impact of reprocessing memories I wasn’t even aware were affecting me.  Through EMDR I have been able to make and sustain a number of changes that I did not think was possible.  Dr Lindon was kind, generous and empathetic and her approach really supported my progress.  I have recommended EMDR to so many people following my really positive experience."

  • "I can’t thank Frances enough for providing me with the tools to be able to deal with the anxiety I was experiencing at work. We were also able to work through some previous trauma using EMDR and now I feel at peace with my past, and better able to deal with stressful situations in a much more constructive and positive way’."

  • "I had the pleasure of being treated by Dr. Lindon over a number of sessions, and the help I received was outstanding. From the very first session I began to notice a difference, and the improvements continued throughout. I was treated with warmth, dignity and compassion, and was made to feel completely comfortable and at-ease throughout. Dr. Lindon is a very genuine and caring lady. Highly recommended,  R. Smith."

  • Callum says "I have found EMDR therapy to be life-changing, I was initially sceptical of the process but I cannot argue against the results which have been immensely positive for me. I found Frances to be very empathetic and felt listened to throughout the process. This is, without doubt, the best thing I have ever done and my only regret is not doing it sooner."

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