What is it?

Trauma-focussed CBT and EMDR are the NICE recommended treatments for PTSD because there is good evidence for their effectiveness. Health in Mind provides both trauma-focussed CBT and in some circumstances EMDR.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. EMDR utilises rapid eye movements to help access the natural healing abilities of your brain to process the traumatic memories. The aim is to change the memory in such a way that it no longer brings up distressing feelings and simply becomes a memory like others.


What does EMDR involve?

The aim of EMDR is to help the brain process traumatic memories and reduce the level of emotional distress, caused by the traumatic event, so that the person can get on with their life. The person will still be able to remember what happened but it will feel less distressing.

EMDR achieves this in sessions by holding dual attention between the following;

  • Internally accessing a trauma memory &
  • Externally being grounded in the present usually by side to side eye movements (although there are other methods such a light tapping).

Along with a decrease of emotional distress it also facilitates more helpful information and associations to between memories.


What is required?

  • Commitment to attend EMDR sessions
  • Support network
  • Feeling ready to process the memories


Deciding if this is right for you:

Before jointly agreeing to start EMDR you will have an appointment with an EMDR Therapist to explore your symptoms and discuss whether EMDR is the right option for you at this time.

EMDR is not for everyone and there are other treatments which are recommended for PTSD such as Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is something we also offer.