EMDR Therapists in London

Our EMDR therapists are experts and highly training in delivering EMDR treatments in London. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR therapy is an innovative clinical treatment for trauma including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual abuse, domestic violence, combat, crime, and those suffering from some other trauma-related complaints including depression, addiction, phobias and some self-esteem issues.

According to guidance from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), EMDR is one of the treatments of choice for trauma and PTSD alongside Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). EMDR is empirically supported by an evidence base for the treatment of trauma (see below for some research references below), making it very effective in the treatment of trauma.

Efficacy’s EMDR therapists are Cognitive Behavioural Therapists that have undertaken further specific training in EMDR. Our EMDR treatment services are based in London.

What Happens in therapy?

EMDR involves helping the patient to alter visual or auditory attention (i.e., shifting the focus to what is seen or what is heard) while noticing or observing negative thoughts, emotions or bodily sensations. The intention is to unblock difficulties in informational processes allowing for rapid emotional processing of traumatic events. Therefore, trauma can be alleviated swiftly, depending on the level of severity of the issue but usually within 3-5 sessions.

Supporting Evidence

Boudewyns, P. A., Stwertka, S. A., Hyer, L. A., Albrecht, S. A., & Sperr, E. V. (1993, February). Eye movement desensitisation for PTSD of combat: A treatment outcome pilot study. The Behavior Therapist, 16(2), 30-33.

Sine, L. F., & Vogelmann-Sine, S. (1996, June). Assessing for EMDR appropriateness and readiness and determining EMDR targets. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the EMDR International Association, Denver, CO.

Birnbaum, A. (2009). A written workbook for individual or group EMDR. In M. Luber (Ed.), Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) scripted protocols: Basics and special situations, (pp. 297-336). New York: Springer, pp. 450.

Borstein, S. S. (2009, August). The effectiveness of brief adjunctive EMDR: A pilot study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the EMDR International Association, Atlanta, GA.

Shapiro, E. (2009). EMDR treatment of recent trauma. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 3(3), 141-151.

EMDR Institute Research Studies: http://emdr.com/refs.htm

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