EMDR Therapy for PTSD

EMDR TherapyOur EMDR therapists are experts and highly training in delivering EMDR treatments in our 4 London and 250 UK locations. 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.

EMDR vs CBT for PTSD?

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.  In terms of effect, both are effective and you can see some or your results in the treatment of PTSD here

Our CBT treatment services based in London all offer EMDR for PTSD.  Likewise, we ensure that in our national locations that provides EMDR is only from trauma focussed CBT therapist with additional training in EMDR.

What Happens in EMDR?

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.

All our London locations offer EMDR but not in all our UK national CBT services offer EMDR, call to find the nearest EMDR therapist near you. 

How to find an EMDR Therapist

Efficacy’s EMDR therapists are all trauma focussed CBT therapist that have undertaken further specific training in EMDR. To make an EMDR appointment please give us a call now on 0207 929 7911, request a call back here or send us a message here.

Supporting Evidence for EMDR

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.