Patricia Boles Counselling & Psychotherapy


What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It’s an extremely effective therapy using bilateral stimulation for alleviating negative emotions associated with distressing memories. These negative emotions may be having an impact on how you live your life now, so EMDR uses a three pronged approach, to access what has happened in the past, look at what's happening now, and how you'd like life to be moving forward.

The bilateral stimulation can be achieved by eye movements, or online, just as effectively, by the use of tapping on each shoulder. With repeated sets of tapping or eye movements, the memory can change, losing its “charge” and painful intensity. Working on one traumatic memory can also result in an overall general improvement in other areas of your life.

Who can benefit from EMDR?

EMDR can help with a wide range of issues including:


Panic attacks


Chronic pain



Complicated grief

Performance anxiety (fear of public speaking)

Sexual assault

Substance abuse and addiction

Is EMDR part of the integrative approach?

I offer this therapy either as a specific treatment or as a part of standard talking therapy. Before starting EMDR, we will discuss the process, so that you have a thorough understanding and feel comfortable using this approach. In my experience, EMDR can sometimes access memories and emotions that can’t be reached by talking therapy alone.

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