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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
Being a military veteran
Working for an emergency service
Personal and Professional impact of Covid-19
Childhood adversity ; neglect , physical,emotional & sexual abuse
Victim of crime
Relationship break up
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.
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;
If E.M.D.R. is not suiting you, I would discuss a referral to other sources of help and support