Help is at hand for anyone suffering with post-trauma stress disorder or with the symptoms of anxiety, stress, panic attacks and depression – in the form of Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly effective therapy which assists the brain in dealing with negative memories and emotions.
Experienced Swindon-based counsellor and EMDR therapist Sarah House is keen to make more people aware of the benefits of the therapy.
Sarah said: “I’ve worked with individuals who have experienced single event traumas such as a road traffic accident or physical assault, but it can also be very helpful for people who are still living with an ongoing experience from the past.
“Basically, unprocessed memories become frozen in time in our minds, and by helping clients to connect with the unresolved experience through eye movements or tapping, they become able to re-frame the experience. At this point it’s possible to make sense of it, and the individual is able to talk about their experience objectively and without the negative emotional charge.”
EMDR therapy was devised in the 1980s by American psychotherapist Francine Shapiro and follows a carefully structured protocol to ensure the client is safe throughout.
Sarah said it is a gentle and sensitive approach to addressing problems. “EMDR is not intrusive, nor is it a talking therapy. Clients learn how to stay in the present, physically, while allowing their mind to go back to a past memory. I describe it as like being on a train, watching the scenery pass by the window.”
She is offering reduced EMDR consultation rates to women who have experienced traumatic births that have resulted in symptoms of post-natal depression.
Contact Sarah on 07792 897416 or see website www.sarahhouse.co.uk for more information.