Sussex Psychotherapy - Maggie Fisher

Counselling, Psychotherapy, CBT, EMDR, Supervision and Consultancy in Brighton and Burgess Hill


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - EMDR

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy which focuses on processing distressing memories, such as assault, road traffic accidents, torture, war trauma, disaster, abuse, neglect.

When a disturbing event occurs it can be inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network with the original images, sounds, smells, physical sensations, thoughts and feelings involved.

EMDR aims to reprocess the memory and enable the brain to process the experience in a way that is similar to REM or dream sleep when eye movements may help us to process unconscious material.

It is thought that the distressing memory is transformed when new connections are made with more positive and realistic information. This enables a transformation of emotional, sensory and cognitive aspects of the memory and enables it to be recalled from a new perspective.

EMDR is specifically recommended by NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In addition EMDR has been demonstrated to be a helpful treatment for stress, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression, complicated grief and pain relief.

I am a qualified EMDR Therapist.

Further information can be found here:

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/EMDR.pdf - EMDR Client Handout

http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/TraumaBrain.pdf - Trauma and the Brain