Tel. 07708 897308



Seahaven Counselling & Hypnotherapy,

7D, Chapel Street,


East Sussex BN9 9PN

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

EMDR was created by Dr Francine Shapiro, a Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Paolo Alto, USA.  She noticed that certain eye movements helped to reduce the intensity of disturbing thought.   It’s a method which has helped over one million people, especially in areas of trauma such as, sexual abuse, childhood neglect, road traffic accidents, and violence.  It’s also been successful in treating other complaints such as performance anxiety, self-esteem issues, phobias and other trauma related anxiety disorders (sometimes referred to as PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  


It works best with a counselling or psychotherapy approach, combined with eye movements in ways which stimulate the brain’s information processing system.  Normally, the individual processes traumatic experiences naturally. However, when a person is severely traumatised, either by an overwhelming event or by being repeatedly subjected to distress, this healing process may become overloaded, leaving the original disturbing experiences unprocessed. These unprocessed memories can be stored in the brain in a "raw" form where they can be continually re-evoked when experiencing events that are similar to the original experience.


The number of sessions required for EMDR may vary, however, in general the more isolated the traumatic memory being treated, the shorter the treatment tends to be.