WELCOME TO EMDR DIRECT
WE ALL EXPERIENCE TRAUMA
Most of the time our bodies manage new information and experiences without us being aware of it. However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and we experience a one off overwhelming event like a car accident or traumatic birth, or by being repeatedly subjected to distressing circumstances our natural coping mechanism can become overloaded.
This can result in the disturbing feelings, body sensation and beliefs remaining in a "raw" form that can be continually triggered when we experience events similar to the difficult experiences we have been through. Sometimes the memory itself is long forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present, without us knowing why.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) supports us to reprocess stuck beliefs, physical sensations and emotions in a safe and supportive way.
In addition to its use for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), EMDR has been successfully used to treat:
Anxiety and panic attacks
Pain relief, phantom limb pain
Self-esteem and performance anxiety
HOW CAN EMDR HELP?
EMDR can be brief focused treatment or part of a longer psychotherapy programme.
Will I will remain in control and empowered?
During EMDR treatment, you will remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake. This is not a form of hypnosis and you can stop the process at any time. Throughout the session, you will be supported to facilitate your own self-healing with as little intervention as possible. Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously, and new connections and insights arise quite naturally from within. As a result, most people experience EMDR as being a natural and very empowering therapy.
What evidence is there that EMDR is a successful treatment?
EMDR is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped over a million individuals. The validity and reliability of EMDR has been established by rigorous research. There are now nineteen controlled studies into EMDR making it the most thoroughly researched method used in the treatment of trauma, (Details on www.emdr-europe.org and www.emdr.org) and is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD which is offered by the NHS.
Do I have to travel to your clinic?
No, EMDR can safely and successfully be done via webcam in the security of your home. In fact experience shows that EMDR can be quicker and more effective when done online with a fully trained therapist.
What qualifications do you have?
I am an experienced therapist with a Masters in Systemic and Psychodynamic Therapy. In addition to my core training I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of the UK EMDR Association, working towards accreditation. I have done many hours of advanced EMDR training and I am required to pursue continual professional training and clinical reflection as a member of these professional organisations.
How do you give back to your community?
I donate 1% of income from every session to Acorns, which is a charity that supports children and young people who live in North Tyneside around domestic violence and abuse. I also volunteer my services for Trauma Recovery Network.