EMDR Trauma Service
How to arrange EMDR
To refer yourself or to refer someone else please write to FASS or in the first instance call 01592 206200. See How to refer
All referrals receive a psychological formulation to identify suitability. Please note that this service has limited places available
What is EMDR
EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a very effective psychotherapy for people suffering psychological, emotional and physical difficulties caused by traumatic experience.
EMDR can help people traumatised by accident, violence, sexual abuse and childhood neglect.
It can help individuals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other extreme conditions including trauma related anxiety disorders and phobias.
Normally, someone experiencing a traumatic event will recover naturally and often quickly.
Sometimes however, if someone is severely traumatised either by an overwhelming event or by being repeatedly subjected to distress, then this natural healing process can become overloaded.
The brain becomes unable to cope, healing is blocked and memories becomes frozen in their original 'rawness'. These memories may recur repeatedly as 'action replays'.
These can be just as distressing as the original experience because the sensory images, sounds, feelings and smells that are locked in memory haven't changed.
How does EMDR work
EMDR uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to stimulate the brain's natural ability to process information. During treatment, the client is asked to revisit his or her origninal traumatic experience(s). EMDR releases frozen memories allowing a natural healing to take place. Progress can often be rapid though this does depend on the complexity of a person's traumatic experience.
EMDR is not a talking therapy, though during a course of treatment it may be combined with elements of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy