EMDR Therapy


EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a highly attuned, and evidence-based therapy that revolves around a trained professional stimulating certain areas of your brain with hand movements in order to encourage the natural healing process. This healing process could be blocked for one of several reasons, but most of the time the cause revolves around a major trauma that you haven’t been able to process. Due to this, EMDR is a fantastic route into the treatment of PTSD. Because it typically requires less conversation than other talking therapies such as CBT or ACT, it has also become an effective treatment for those that don’t wish to relive their traumatic experiences as intensely.

Healing distressing and painful memories, EMDR works by utilising specific procedures that include hand tapping, eye movement, and audio stimulation.

These stimulations effectively allow the natural healing processes of the brain to take place, processes that were previously blocked by the traumatic experiences of the client.


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The History of EMDR

The discovery of EMDR was a rather serendipitous occasion. In 1987, Francine Shapiro realised that whilst walking through the park the intensity of her negative emotions dissipated. Made curious by this she decided to look into it, realising the movement of the trees (and consequently her eyes) had reduced the impact of unpleasant memories. As Francine Shapiro progressed her career she developed the protocols and procedures that we understand to be EMDR, and it has since become an increasingly popular therapy as evidence of its success grows. Now, our team is proud to offer EMDR in London through Bridges Therapy Centre.


Trauma Therapy in London

While EMDR is a powerful tool, it’s important to note that it is not the only approach to healing from trauma. Here at Bridges Therapy Centre, we offer a variety of therapies to support your individual needs. In addition to EMDR, we also provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Counselling.


Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about how EMDR Therapy and our dedicated therapists can help you to cope with your trauma, contact our team today to arrange a free 15 minute informal consultation.


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