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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

Based in Gillingham, Dorset, Geoff Britton now offers clients in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire this specialist therapeutic treatment  which is effective in relieving and removing the damaging long term impact of trauma, be this physical, emotional or developmental.

EMDR is a powerful treatment developed in the 1980’s by Dr. Francine Shapiro, an American clinical psychologist. The evidence base of this treatment method is such that it is recommended by both the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E) as an effective treatment method for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) so it is commonly used to treat the psychological suffering experienced by military personnel, returning from traumatic combat experiences, other emergency services personnel and survivors of numerous catastrophic and potentially life threatening events that anyone of us might experience.

EMDR is a proven method by which eye movements or other means are used to replicate the way the brain processes and makes sense of experiences, whilst we are asleep. By way of simple explanation the brain may have inappropriately stored traumatic experiences within its emotional rather than its logical processing capabilities so the sufferer continually relives past events as if there were happening now. Geoff often illustrates this point by asking clients how many red cars have they seen whilst driving to see him; no-one is ever able to give an answer but they would certainly remember they’d had to make an emergency stop, had a child run out into the road in front of their car. The point illustrated is that that brain takes some time to process its response to threatening situations and sometimes the sense of threat gets stuck and might never subside for some.

Whilst individuals may become traumatised by a catastrophic event, beyond the mind’s ability to cope with and process it, emotions that arise from lesser recognised traumatic or upsetting experiences can become similarly locked in the brain and lead to significant emotional and psychological difficulties, coupled with experiencing a generally unhappy outlook on life. Such experiences might include events such as childhood or adult emotional or physical abuse, where this often leads to low self-esteem and lack of confidence, which can be life inhibiting conditions. Indeed, it is often the case that any chronic, unhelpful or inappropriate experiences we have as impressionable youngsters can negatively influence how we see and interpret ‘our world’ as adults. EMDR has the capacity to address such issues, including addictive conditions that are often rooted in negative early life experiences.

Geoff is an experienced counsellor and Registered Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with 10 years post-qualification experience of working in private practice and the NHS.

For a free of charge initial consultation and obligation free discussion about how he may be able to help you live  a full and happy life, please contact Geoff via email at info@elementscoachingandcounselling.co.uk or by phone on 07738851068.