EMDR – Eye Movement desensitisation and reprocessing

EMDR was discovered by Francine Shapiro in the 1960’s

The technique helps people who have experienced trauma, recent or historic and can be a real relief from PTSD – post traumatic stress. This can be as a result of abuse, domestic violence, assault, road traffic accidents or traumatic bereavement.

In fact any traumatic memory can be reprocessed using this technique. It has distinct protocols designed to bring down the cognition of an incident and stop flashbacks and panic due to the original memory.

Stages in EMDR consist of
  • Taking a history from the client
  • Installing of a safe place in case the therapy causes unacceptable distress
  • Resourcing the client to help them have the resilience to connect with distressing memories
  • Identifying the different memories that may need reprocessing
  • Adaptive Information processing
  • Bringing down the original distress and striving for a new belief
  • Checking that no new strands of traumatic memories remain.
  • Scanning the body to check there is no further distress manifesting
  • Writing a future template.

It really isn’t as complicated as it sounds and with Maggy you are in the hands of an experienced trained EMDR practitioner. It just involves following hand movements with your eyes and noticing what comes up. It is not hypnosis and you are in full control at al times.

If you want to know more look at the EMDR UK website which gives further details, or contact Maggy.

For those who are experiencing stress because of the Covid-19 pandemic, below is a presentation on trauma and it’s effects on the mind and body. Thanks to Andrew Miller at Breathing Space for recording my trauma talk, which I presented at his Strive and Thrive meeting in early October 2020.

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“I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Maggy as a professional supervisor from her very beginning as a Counsellor, and so I have been able to view the development of her career throughout. 

She has always impressed me with her deeply caring approach to her clients, backed up by diligence and skill, self-motivated learning and a very high ethical standard. If a personal friend or member of my family were to need counselling, I would not hesitate to recommend Maggy’s care.

Mr Paul Hunt Clinical Psychologist

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"The benefits of supervision are well recognised to be an essential part of reflective therapy to ensure good practice for the counsellor. Margaret has not only been essential in ensuring that I have felt supported in this, but has provided emotional support as well as information and guidance that has greatly increased my sense of personal worth and I feel has benefitted my counselling work."

Cath Thomas  practicing counsellor and supervisee

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Excellent concise instruction as ever from a talented and insightful mentor.

Mindfulness allows me the opportunity to distract myself when I experience overwhelming anxiety.

Julia Ellis 

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“I met Maggy last year at a networking event and found her to be very approachable, we got chatty and within minutes I felt so comfortable with her that I found myself telling her somethings that I wouldn’t generally tell anyone except on a need to know basis.

She listened and gave me some very sound advice which has stayed with me since. I would certainly recommend her for Counselling & Psychotherapy.”

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