Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs when a trauma is not resolved properly. When you exprience PTSD, you are literally ‘re-living’ those traumatic events over and over again.

Common symptoms of PTSD are flashbacks, inability to relax, panic attacks or even other symptom that stops you moving forward with your life.

PTSD is caused by an an over-stimulation of brain regions that are involved with memory, cognitive and emotional processing.  It is like our brain ‘freezes’ when the traumatic event occurs with all the original anxiety feelings, fantasy images and negative self-talk (usually judgments) that the person makes at this time.T

However, it doesn’t stop there becuse this pattern now resembles a hamster on a hamster wheel, endlessly ‘locked-in’ to a  stressed state. Here the person feels helpless as no excape from the trauma can be perceived.  Moreover, because our brain always tried to make meaning of our experiences, in this case not getting better, it conjours up negative beliefs about themselves and the the world.

The EMDR technique helps ‘free up’ our nervous system so that the brain can begin to reprocess the thaumatic experience in a natural way.  It taps into the rapid eye movements (REM) state that we experience in our sleep, which is a state in which our daily events are process  in a safe way.

There are two process that EMDR utilises; first,  the desensitisation to the intensely strong feelings the person is experiencing and secondly, creating a bridge between mind and body so that thoughts and feelings begin to work together. This allows for the integration of new updated cognitions back into that traumatic memory. So, the person’s memory of the traumatic event is still there but the person is no longer affected by it.

When you come for and EMDR session you will find it a very structured process. I will sit in front of you and ask you to follow my hand movements with your eyes. This can a little challenging at first but people generally get used to working this way very quickly. I would ask if you have contacts to remove them prior to the session.

Treatments for most problems range between 4-6 weekly sessions although some problems may require longer than this scheduling. After six sessions, we will evaluate how you are doing and discuss how to go forward for future treatments.

EMDR has been shown to be particularly useful in treating:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias
  •  Flashbacks

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Working with Sherine was a positive experience. She was wise and knowledgeable, and generous in sharing with her knowledge, as well as considerate and reliable. I found that we quickly created a safe and supportive relationship from which to explore. Her humanity and compassion shone throughout.

I felt better after a course of EMDR with her, more in the present and connected to myself, as well as more forgiving, rather than being bogged down by remembering upsetting past events, having unwanted thoughts and self-blaming. I recommend her without reserve – Mary-Claire Wilson

“After going through several very traumatic events I reached out to Sherine. I was in crisis and Sherine helped me navigate it and and come out the other end repaired. We did EMDR therapy and I learned a ton about myself and was able to heal through the process. I am very grateful that I found Sherine and would highly recommend her.” – Ethan Gill