E.M.D.R Trauma Therapy and Counselling

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E.M.D.R has been used successfully for the following conditions:

  • Fear, panic attacks, anxiety and phobias
  • Traumatic experiences and related posttraumatic stress disorder (e.g., from an accident, sexual assault, death of a loved one, separation, loss of employment, retirement, bullying)
  • Excessive grief
  • Coping with illness
  • Sleep disorders
  • Addiction/substance dependency
  • Pain/chronic pain
  • Psychosomatic disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Performance anxiety, exam fears.

We use the latest NURO-TEC method of EMDR


EMDR Stands for Rapid Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a method of trauma therapy developed in the late 1980s by a clinical psychologist

Dr Francine Shapiro. Since the mid – 1990s EMDR has successfully been used as a method of trauma therapy and is also increasingly being used in counselling and psychotherapy. EMDR is a method that accelerates the processing of traumatic, frozen memories and resolves fixed behavioral patterns. EMDR is based on the Humanistic approach , Which assumes that humans have a natural desire to grow and to integrate experiences, a desire which can develop in a safe setting. The guided EMDR process supports the precise observation and differentiated experiencing of internal processes as well as a reflective understanding and acceptance of links and connections. Clients often report spontaneous insights into themselves which are linked to traumatic memories, which empower them to comprehend new feelings, thoughts and actions.

After only a few sessions, EMDR causes noticeable changes with regards to cognition emotions and body experience. This versatile method is also well suited for use in combination with other established therapy procedures and concepts (for example. T.A (Transactional Analysis) Voice Dialogue, Inner Childwork, Counselling and Psychotherapy

The NATIONAL INSTITUTE for CLINICAL EXCELLENCE (N.I.C.E) states that EMDR is one of the treatments of choice for traumatic conditions.

EMDR in trauma therapy

Modern Trauma therapy is process-orientated. It is not defined by concentrating on the patient’s problem. Rather it is much more focused on the healing process itself. Classical psychotherapy on the other hand is content-orientated.

Theoretical foundations of EMDR

EMDR is based on Shapiro’s Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model. Shapiro proposes that humans have an information processing system that generally processes the numerous elements of the experience in such a way that an adaptive state is reached which makes learning possible. Memories are stored in interlinked networks which are organized around the earliest event of a particular category and the associated effect of this event. Memory networks comprise thoughts, ideas, feelings and sensations which are connected with a particular memory. If the processing of a memory is incomplete or missing, the original sensations, feelings and distorted thoughts are stored as they are experienced at the time of the event. According to AIP, these unprocessed experiences can lead to dysfunctional reactions and are the cause of many mental disorders. EMDR fosters the exploration and processing of negative and distressing memories in order to bring them to an adaptive resolution.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR is a resource-oriented method that influences the Neural Pathways, re-evaluating Cognitions and Emotions and thereby initiating the self-healing process.

EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation (e.g., both brain hemispheres are activated), primarily through guided eye movements, or, increasingly, with tactile or acoustic stimulation. Successful EMDR treatment lowers emotional distress, reformulates negative self-beliefs and cognitions and lowers the level of physiological agitation through reducing nervous system arousal.

During EMDR treatment the client repeatedly focuses for short periods of time, simultaneously on traumatic material as well as on an external stimulus, for example bilateral eye movement led by the therapist, a tactile stimulus (hand tapping) or auditory stimulation (e.g., bilateral music or sound delivered in an alternating bilateral fashion – e.g., first to one ear, then the other)we offer the EMDR via the latest Technology of Neurotek TM equipment which I have found to be very effective.

EMDR influences the neural pathways in the brain. Through bilateral stimulation both brain hemispheres are activated and synchronized in relation to a traumatic event. Efficacy can be increased by alternating visual with auditory or tactile stimulation.

Scientific studies have repeatedly confirmed the high level of efficacy and lasting results of this method of therapy. Since 2006 the effectiveness of EMDR in treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has received worldwide recognition. Originally developed and tested for the processing of traumatic experiences in war veterans, its various applications have since become more diverse.

Today, EMDR is a resource-orientated method which causes Neural changes and, in doing so, initiates the self-healing and self-development processes. EMDR does not only facilitate an accelerated processing of traumatic memory fragments, but also allows a Cognitive Restructuring, e.g.., a re-evaluation of the experience as well as a changed attitude regarding one’s self and one’s own resources. For trauma therapy this is of great importance as traumatic experiences can be extremely damaging to one’s self esteem and Self Perception. The experience of helplessness and being at the mercy of the Traumatic circumstances often leads to generalized negative attitudes and beliefs.




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