Hypnotherapy, BWRT & EMDR in York

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Hypnotherapy and EMDR

At MindMakeover I am qualified to use EMDR techniques and often use this with clients who need help in alleviating emotional distress

So what is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing EMDR?

EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method first outlined in the 1980’s by Dr Francine Shapiro, a clinical psychologist

Shapiro developed EMDR with the goal of reducing distress in the shortest period of time

Substantial research has demonstrated the benefits of EMDR in treating psychological trauma including experiences of war, childhood abuse or neglect, natural disasters, assaults, surgical trauma, road traffic and workplace accidents. However, EMDR can also be used very effectively to help people experiencing distress with phobias, grief, illness, performance anxiety or any distress from the past, which is impacting on day to day life. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognises EMDR as a suitable intervention for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can develop in people of any age following a stressful event or situation of an exceptionally threatening or catastrophic nature

Being involved in a distressing event can feel overwhelming and the brain may be unable to process this information in the same way as an ordinary memory. The distressing memory seems to become frozen on a neurological level. Recalling the distressing memory, which can sometimes be triggered when you least expect it, can cause you to intensely re-experience whatever you could see, hear, smell, taste or feel at the time of the event. Sometimes the memory is so disturbing that you avoid thinking about it so you don’t have to experience the distress

EMDR aims to identify and process dysfunctional/unhelpful behaviours, emotions, cognitions and memories arising from recent or past trauma and distressing life experiences. The theory behind the treatment proposes that unprocessed traumatic or distressing information produces dysfunctional reactions. Unprocessed memories are stored in separate unconnected memory networks in the brain. In EMDR, bilateral stimulation allows you to make connections between these neuro-networks causing spontaneous insight and change, resulting in learning and relief of emotional distress

The treatment phase of the EMDR protocol can seem a little strange when you first encounter it. Alternating eye movements (or sometimes tapping or sounds) are used to stimulate the brain into reprocessing the frozen or blocked information so that the distressing memories lose their intensity and can be stored appropriately in the same way as normal memories. The effect is believed to work in the same way as we naturally process ordinary memories during REM or dream sleep, when your eyes move rapidly and repeatedly from side to side. After treatment, past memories will no longer cause you distress, allowing you to respond adaptively in the present and in the future

I have completed all 4 parts of an EMDR Association approved course in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. Training on an approved course is restricted to mental health professionals who hold current registration to provide psychotherapeutic services (such as British Psychological Society membership). I am pleased to be able to offer this service to my clients alongside my other services