EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing ) therapy was created by a Clinical Psychologist called Francine Shapiro. It is a therapy that aims to help activate our brain’s natural healing processes, to enable us to recover from disturbing events or experiences that are continuing to cause us difficulties in our day-to-day lives.
Unlike traditional talking therapies, EMDR utilises bilateral stimulation (eye movements, taps, sounds or buzzers), in order to help process and heal difficult experiences.
EMDR is a very effective therapy for traumatic experiences, but it can also help with other difficulties, for example, performance anxiety, OCD and phobias. It is very important that you choose a practitioner who has undergone the appropriate training in EMDR. See this link for the different levels of training. I have completed all parts (1-4) of the Standard Accredited Training and I am supervised by an EMDR Consultant so you can be assured that I will practice EMDR safely and with your best interests uppermost in mind at all times. To find out more about EMDR, see this link which shows some real life stories about how EMDR has helped people.
Brainspotting therapy was developed by David Grand. It is a therapy that also uses the eyes, particularly certain places where the eyes ‘fixate’ or look when processing or thinking about distressing material. The therapist helps the client to hold this spot whilst they are processing; in a non-verbal way. It can be a very powerful experience where the emphasis is not on having to talk and explain, like traditional talking therapies. Here is a link to David Grand’s website Brainspotting.com.