Specialist Treatment for Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
We provide Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - EMDR treatment from our consulting rooms in Sevenoaks Kent. Whilst some therapists offer EMDR using video link, we only provide this treatment on a face-to-face basis due to the interpersonal nature and complexity of the process and the sensitivity of the issues that this treatment modality is designed to support.
Our face-to-face EMDR treatments are delivered using traditional therapist-centred methods and specialist EMDR technology specifically designed to provide a more immersive experience.
To book an EMDR appointment in Sevenoaks or to talk to a member of our Sevenoaks therapy team, email
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), is a
specialised form of psychotherapy originally designed to treat high levels of
distress associated with traumatic experiences and distressing memories. EMDR
works by helping the mind to reintegrate and make sense of past events, so that
distressing feelings and fears associated with old memories can be reprocessed
in an adaptive way.
EMDR does not change or delete the traumatic or distressing experience, however it helps the mind to heal from the affects of the trauma by using a process called Adaptive Information Processing or AIP.
The EMDR process usually involves following bilateral eye movements, taps or sounds whilst simultaneously processing memories, images or feelings associated with the past traumatic event or situation. This helps to desensitise the memory associated with the trauma, so that a more adaptive way of recalling and experiencing the memory can be installed and strengthened. EMDR is normally delivered over eight integrated phases involving assessment, psychoeducation and grounding, identification of trauma memories and images, bilateral desensitisation, installation of adaptive appraisals, body scanning, closure and reappraisal of the original problem. EMDR is a relatively light touch approach to dealing with distressing experiences. It helps to heal the effects of trauma on a rapid basis and the clinical research shows that the changes are long-lasting and sustainable.
EMDR was originally developed to support trauma and Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Alongside Trauma Focused Cognitive Therapy,
EMDR is a NICE recommended treatment of choice for trauma-related problems and
Over the last 20 years or so, EMDR research has demonstrated
treatment efficacy for a wider range of anxiety conditions and problems. EMDR
is frequently used as a treatment for problems including anxiety, panic, OCD,
depression, emotional dysregulation and
EMDR is a very powerful therapeutic approach and should only
be used by a qualified therapist who has completed the required advanced level
accredited EMDR training. This training normally takes a minimum of 12 months
to complete and is supported by
practical work and clinical supervision before qualification is granted.
If you want to talk about EMDR appointments in Sevenoaks
Kent, you can contact us via