EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy – a groundbreaking therapeutic approach originally designed to address the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

However, it’s essential to recognise that EMDR isn’t limited to just PTSD; it extends its benefits to those dealing with depression and panic disorder as well

At Kove, we believe that everyone deserves to live a life free from the burdens of these conditions. Discover how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy can provide you with a path to lasting change and emotional well-being. Take the first step towards a brighter future by booking your free consultation call today.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) is a therapy that can relieve distress linked to traumatic memories.

Scientific studies show that EMDR is an effective way to treat psychological distress. Both NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) and WHO (World Health Organisation) recommend EMDR therapy to treat PTSD

EMDR can help relieve the fear, shame, loss of control, and other emotions that result from trauma. Your traumatic memories become integrated with a positive sense of self, so they no longer cause you distress. During EMDR therapy you’ll revisit traumatic memories while your conscious mind is occupied with bilateral stimulation – a visual, auditory or tactile stimulus that crosses the body in a rhythmic left to right pattern. 

Eye movements are often the type of bilateral stimulation used in EMDR therapy, but your therapist may also use hand tapping or audio stimulation. Recalling traumatic events while focusing on your eye movements changes the way your brain processes these experiences, helping to integrate them into more adaptive memories. These adaptive memories allow us to learn and evolve.

EMDR Therapy at Kove

Why choose Kove for EMDR therapy?

Approachable, inclusive therapists

Simple explanations and no medical jargon

Unlock your mind’s ability to heal itself through a unique therapy

Free yourself from the impact of trauma

How does EMDR therapy work?

In the video below, Jordan Vyas-Lee describes how during EMDR therapy, the patient reprocesses the difficult memories at the centre of their distress

The duration of EMDR varies depending on the individual and the specific issue being addressed. Some individuals may experience significant relief in just a few sessions, while others may require more extensive treatment. The therapist will work with the client to determine the appropriate length of therapy.

Yes, EMDR therapy can be adapted for use with children and adolescents. Trained EMDR therapists use age-appropriate techniques and modifications to make the therapy accessible to younger individuals who have experienced trauma or distressing events.

EMDR therapy is generally considered safe and well-tolerated. However, some individuals may experience temporary distress as they process traumatic memories. It’s important to work with a qualified therapist who can provide guidance and support throughout the process.

EMDR therapy can be used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or medication, depending on an individual’s needs. It’s essential to discuss treatment options with a mental health professional to determine the most appropriate combination for your specific situation.

1. History Taking: In this initial stage, the therapist gathers information about the client’s personal history and the specific issues they want to work on.

2. Preparation: The therapist establishes a therapeutic relationship, explains the EMDR process, and helps the client develop coping skills for emotional regulation.

3. Assessment: The therapist identifies target memories and the negative beliefs associated with them, setting the focus for EMDR processing.

4. Desensitization: During this phase, clients process distressing memories using bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), reducing their emotional charge.

5. Installation: Positive beliefs and self-assurances are “installed” to replace the negative beliefs related to the traumatic memories.

6. Body Scan: Any residual physical tension or distress is addressed, ensuring the entire experience is processed and integrated.

7. Closure: The therapist helps the client return to a state of emotional stability at the end of each session.

8. Reevaluation: In this final stage, the therapist reviews the progress made, ensuring that all aspects of the issue have been adequately addressed and processed.

Yes, EMDR treatment is considered a suitable and effective therapy for individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

EMDR Therapy

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Book into our clinic diary to receive a call from a senior member of our team. Jenna can discuss children and neurodevelopment, Jordan can discuss therapy in adults and adolescents. We’ll discuss your difficulties in depth and make some tailored recommendations.

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