Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR): is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.

The therapist, together with the client, will identify the target memories to be worked with and in what order.

At this stage in the process the therapist further supports the client with identifying how a particular memory has impacted them through exploring the client’s negative belief system.

An exploration then takes place of how that memory has impacted their self belief. What they would prefer to believe about themselves in that particular memory and how through future templates they’d like to behave differently.

Cognitive Interweaves or Inner Child reprocessing will often be used within a client’s reprocessing journey, where clients feel let down in their own experience of being parented. The most widely used technique is ‘Parks Inner Child Therapy’; where clients will be supported with parenting the ‘inner conflicted’ child ego state of their vulnerable self.

Note: For more info on Parks Inner Child Therapy take a look at the Therapies Offered section of this website.

During EMDR therapy the therapist will support the client to explore emotionally disturbing material, as described above, while supporting the client to focus on an external stimulus.

Stimuli include therapist directed lateral eye movement. Following a light, pen or therapist finger, are the most commonly used external stimuli. However, there are a variety of other stimuli including hand-tapping and audio stimulation.

Stabilisation techniques are also used within EMDR therapy. Visualisation Meditation may be used at the start of the therapeutic journey. EMD/Breathing Techniques may be used within the processing phase when clients become too overwhelmed and at the end of the session within body scans.