The Therapy Company provide EDMR in Preston (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which is an approach that helps people to overcome long-term emotional distress to deal with past traumatic events that have gone unprocessed or processed in a negative way and consequently incorporated into an individual’s cognitive processes. It is generally used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but can also successfully treat phobias, anxiety problems, grief, and bereavement. It can also help us process unsettling or disturbing feelings arising out of unpleasant situations such as arguments.
For example, if a person’s neuro-pathways mean that a particular trigger (visual or otherwise) creates a negative emotion or response, it is so automatic, that thinking differently is not always an option. Counseling can help them try to accept it and understand it but not overcome it. In the same way, CBT strategies are unable to challenge the belief and encourage the person to think differently, because the choice to think differently is simply not there.
If you’re looking to find out more about EDMR in Preston or would like to have a chat with us over the phone before booking a session, please call us directly on 01772 440321 or use our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
How Does It Work?
EMDR unblocks the memory, images, triggers, and all other associated elements from a traumatic experience and enables the person to process them healthily.
It is not hypnotherapy and it is not re-traumatizing as the present-day/here and now is maintained throughout the therapy sessions. It is based on the research that rapid eye movement (REM) naturally occurs when we sleep to process our thoughts and feelings. When we experience a traumatic event, we can overwhelm our brains and become unable to process the thoughts and feelings associated with the event. The negative disturbing memory stays with us and may result in long-term emotional problems. EMDR kick starts rapid eye movement and allows this natural process to resolve these negative memories.
Our EDMR Sessions
The therapist will help you identify the disturbing images, thoughts and feelings associated with your psychological problem. The images will not be difficult to identify as they usually occur as flashbacks, however the feelings and thoughts at the time can be more difficult. However, it is important to note that you will not be expected to talk in detail about the situation or event. The purpose of EMDR is help you manage your memories and to not feel as disturbed or upset by them in the future. The quantity of sessions that you’ll require depends largely on your personal issues. Although one session may be sufficient enough for some patients, for others it may take several.
How Can EDMR Help?
There has been more than 30 controlled outcome studies that show its effectiveness. In some studies, up to 90% of trauma survivors appeared to have no PTSD symptoms after just three sessions. As well as being beneficial for patients that are suffering with PTSD, it can also be beneficial for patients suffering from the following; anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, stress, performance anxiety, sleep disturbances, and more. EDMR is highly effective for many patients as it helps the brain to ”unstick” and reprocess particular memories so that it is no longer intense.
EDMR Therapy - FAQs
The amount of EDMR sessions required will depend on your personal circumstances and the intensity of the issues/trauma that you are struggling with. As a general rule of thumb, for the average person, we recommend at least 6-12 sessions to achieve the best results. Consistency is key so we recommend 1-2 sessions per week within this time frame.
The very first EDMR session will be a light session with one of our highly-qualified therapist easing you into the process. We’ll get to know more about your history and get to understand your difficulties and struggles in more detail so that we know how to help best. You’ll be in a fully relaxed and comfortable environment where you’re free to ask your therapist questions and express any concerns.
Yes, of course. We understand that starting any type of therapy can be a daunting process. Here at The Therapy Company, we have a compassionate and dedicated team that are committed to helping you. Visit our meet the team page here.
The Therapy Company have been successfully providing EDMR therapy in Preston for many years and have hundreds of success stories. We are proud to be a 5-star therapy company that truly goes above and beyond to provide professional mental health diagnosis and treatment.