EMDR (EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITISATION & REPROCESSING) THERAPY
This additional and effective form of psychotherapy is now being offered at Woman to Woman.
What is EMDR?
It is an adapted form of psychotherapy that uses a combination of psychology and physiology to help a person identify and "clear" past traumatic events. These events can be affecting someone's life and not allowing them to move on. Some such events are major and life threatening, others such as a negative comment from a parent during childhood may have been forgotten and yet still effect our lives.
How does EMDR work?
Each of us has two different memory networks: adaptive and non-adaptive. Adaptive memories are needed to react to current circumstances; for example, you see a car speeding toward you and your body automatically reacts to the fear of being hit. When the accident is over, these memories should get stored away into your non-adaptive memory. A problem occurs when a memory gets stuck, frozen, in our adaptive memory, causing us to have responses that are no longer fitting the situation. The simple act of driving should not produce the same fear and anxiety as that experienced during an actual accident. Instead of reacting to only the current event (driving), our bodies react to the current event plus all the similar or related events from the past (a previous accident).
EMDR takes those experiences stuck in our adaptive memory, and moves them into our non-adaptive memory, where they belong.
If you feel this might be appropriate for you, please get in touch with one of our therapists to organise an exploratory assessment. EMDR sessions are generally longer and fees will be discussed separately.
FREE INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Getting help for psychological problems can be tricky. It’s hard enough to admit you have a problem, let alone to find the right kind of help. The “Woman to Woman Clinic” aims to guide you through the – sometimes very confusing – field of therapies on offer. Once every few weeks we hold free seminars on what exactly psychotherapy is and what it can do for you. If you are interested in finding out more, please email us on [email protected] and we will tell you the time and date of our next seminar.