EMDR therapy was developed for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the basis that traumatic experiences are not always ‘processed’ or ‘stored’ correctly by the brain because of the impact and severity of the trauma.
Symptoms include distressing nightmares, generally feeling on edge all the time and avoidance of certain activities.
Your will learn techniques to help your brain to make sense of memories from the trauma and to store these memories in a better way which will help you to recover.
Not only will your treatment be unique to your specific needs it can also be delivered in a way that is best for you (face-to-face, phone, computer-based).
Talking Therapies is an NHS service.
It is free to use and available to anyone registered with a Surrey GP and over the age of 17.
Our Talking Therapies service is completely confidential. Highly-trained therapists will offer you non-judgmental support and the right therapy plan for your needs.
During an EMDR session, you will be encouraged to recall some or all aspects of the trauma you experienced whilst focusing on an exercise provided by the therapist.
This technique allows the brain to make sense of different memories from the trauma and store these memories in a better way.
You will generally be offered eight sessions of EMDR which will continually be reviewed with your therapist.
Sessions are for 50 minutes. Treatment is usually face to face only.