EMDR Therapist Warrington & Online

In search of EMDR therapy?

Allow me to utilise my expertise and experience to assist you in navigating and managing your trauma through Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy.

Unveiling the Scientific Foundation of EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy stands as an innovative and endorsed approach, recognized by both the NHS and WHO (World Health Organization) as a clinically proven treatment for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Scientifically validated, EMDR Therapy works to desensitise specific brain areas associated with stress through an interactive psychotherapeutic technique. This process effectively mitigates the stress linked to past trauma and PTSD, encompassing experiences like assault, domestic violence, rape, combat stress, childhood and adult abuse, traumatic births, severe illnesses, road traffic accidents, and natural disasters.

Beyond PTSD, EMDR demonstrates effectiveness in addressing various non-traumatic psychological issues encountered in therapy, such as panic attacks, phobias, blocked grief, anxiety-related concerns, and depression. Developed by Francine Shapiro, EMDR is a sophisticated psychotherapeutic method enabling clients to navigate emotionally distressing material while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus.

Thus, your emotional stability is levelled, and you will eventually be able to be fully exposed to the memories after teaching your mind to not respond with strong psychological reactions. The impact will feel less intense and more manageable. This is an especially beneficial type of therapy for those who struggle to speak about past trauma.

EMDR therapy for anxiety has also been known to be highly successful for depression, panic attacks, eating disorders and addictions that have all been caused by previous events.

EMDR Therapy For You

Although the stages of EMDR Therapy are very standard, they are developed and employed to suit every one of my clients. No treatment plan is the same; everyone has their boundaries and needs, and it is my job to identify these so that I can give you the best therapeutic service that will make a permanent difference to your headspace and life.

EMDR Therapy can cause distress and disconnection, but while this is a possibility, the bigger picture is a lot calmer and more controlled. If you do, however, become overwhelmed or extremely uncomfortable in a session, I will always bring you back to the present before moving on. Then, as we work through the stages together, you will begin to notice that your negative emotions and thoughts associated with past trauma will gradually fade.

EMDR facilitates proper processing of the traumatic memory, making it easier to manage. Common benefits of EMDR include a reduction in re-experiencing traumatic memories, reduced emotional distress, reduced hypervigilance, reduced depression, hopelessness and isolation, and increased contentment from activities and relationships.

Please take note that the dangers of EMDR Therapy are minimal. It’s considered a safe alternative to prescribed medications, and therefore, has next to no side effects. The impact of EMDR can however leave you with a heightened level of awareness post-treatment, which can leave a light-headed sensation and cause you to dream vividly.

EMDR Therapy Online

Looking for EMDR Therapy near you? While I am based near Warrington, I can also offer EMDR Therapy sessions online. This virtual environment may help you to feel more at ease and comfortable as it is carried out within your own home.

If you feel a new setting would benefit you instead, I would be happy to welcome you for sessions. This option allows you to combine an unfamiliar environment with a new chapter of your life which can work hand in hand.

EMDR therapy won’t change your mindset overnight, that is why all the stages must be carried out to see the full benefits. All I ask from you throughout is complete transparency so that I can stay confident that you’re on the right track to recovery.

As an accredited BACP counsellor/psychotherapist and EMDR Europe practitioner (accredited training to Level 3), I offer Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a sole therapeutic option for clients as a separate course of treatment or in conjunction with talking therapy to address your issues in the most time-efficient and effective way possible.

The Eight Stages of EMDR Therapy

Through observation of how she/he was processing their traumatic memories, Shapiro proposed that following a structured eight-step treatment protocol would reduce the emotional disturbance caused by traumatic memories or imagined memories.

This course usually takes twelve sessions. Here is what to expect from each:

Stage 1: Treatment Rundown

The first stage of EMDR Therapy is where I review your history and establish at what stage you are in the treatment process. I will need to identify the key traumatic memories that you want to counteract specifically. This evaluation is an opportunity for me to discuss with you what to expect, how to express your concerns if you ever have any, and for us to essentially get to know each other a bit more, especially if you’re new to therapy.

Stage 2: Prepare Your Mind

Before we begin to uncover any emotions that you’ve been bottling up, I will need to ensure that you’re fully prepared for what’s to come. I will teach you several coping strategies to help you handle with the emotional or psychological stress that you’re experiencing, and will experience further.

Whether that is through breathing exercises or practising mindfulness, we can work together to ensure that your treatment plan is working to predominantly relieve these feelings.

Stage 3: Assessing Your Memories

In the next stage, I will need to dig deeper into the specific memories that you want to target, and also any triggers that take your mind back to those experiences. I will then need you to describe the physical sensations that are stimulated when you focus on these events for each individual target memory.

Clients with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) regularly report intense emotions and physical sensations comparable to those experienced during the actual trauma. This is because the traumatic memory was improperly processed at the time, and then stored in memory in an incomplete way. This is a consequence of the body’s natural coping mechanism being overwhelmed at the time of the traumatic event.

Unprocessed memories, and accompanying sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings stored in the memory can be accessed and activated unexpectedly each time someone with PTSD experiences something that triggers a recollection of the original event. By finding out the core of these emotions, it’ll give me a better understanding of the issue at hand and how we can make peace with it.

Stage 4-7: The Treatment Itself

In the next stages of EMDR, you will begin the treatment process. EMDR Therapy techniques are designed to target traumatic events, so we can work together to minimise the impact on your mental wellbeing. During each session, I will ask you to focus on a specific negative thought, memory or image that you disclosed previously.

While doing so, I will simultaneously ask you to follow specific eye movements; whether that be through following an object, sound or instruction, the bilateral stimulation is specific to your needs. Online EMDR involves the client ‘butterfly hug’ method for bilateral stimulation; requiring you to cross your arms over your chest and tap your arms in an alternating rhythm.

Once we have accessed the event that I asked you to focus on, I will then ask you to let your mind go blank, and focus on the thoughts and feelings that you’re intensely experiencing afterwards. If this then leads you to another event, I may then ask you to concentrate on that or move onto the next event.

Stage 8: Your Evaluation

In the last stage of your EMDR Therapy, I will ask you to evaluate the progress that you’ve made with me before I do the same. It’s important to be as in-depth and truthful as possible during your evaluation so that we can talk about the next steps of your therapy journey.

Get in touch with me today to learn more about my EMDR Therapy, and to voice any questions you may have. I look forward to working with you on this journey to a clearer and happier headspace.

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Please note that fees are reviewed annually in July.

Online Counselling Sessions

If travel induces anxiety, you're under self-isolation recommendations, or facing physical health challenges, I'm here to offer support through Zoom.

Individuals grappling with anxiety, depression, or physical health issues often find it challenging to venture outside. The amplified fears and worries upon stepping out exacerbate their already compromised mental health. Recognising this, I extend Zoom sessions to both existing and new clients who may be unable to attend face-to-face meetings.

Advantages of Online Counselling

Experience personalised face-to-face support from the comfort of your home. Unlike phone therapy sessions, which may feel distant initially, platforms like Zoom allow for an early connection, helping me understand how best to support you.
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Whether you're on holiday, relocating, or simply visiting family, you can book a last-minute therapy session. Scheduled sessions remain uninterrupted, ensuring we can connect regardless of your location in the UK or anywhere worldwide.

Maintain support during illness or bed rest. Your mental health is as crucial as your physical well-being, and it shouldn't be neglected during times of sickness or injury, especially when isolation can exacerbate anxiety and depression.

Feel more at ease sharing from your preferred location, whether it's your office or couch.

Busy professionals and parents need not miss out on vital mental health support due to time constraints for travel. I can offer expert advice and assistance, ensuring accessibility for all clients, whether face-to-face, over the phone, or online.