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EMDR and CBT

EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing)

I have been using EMDR with adults and adolescents to treat a range of emotional difficulties for a number of years. EMDR has been used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but is now viewed as an effective psychotherapeutic treatment of many presentations including OCD, complex PTSD, phobias, depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, child sexual abuse, and trauma response symptoms experienced from adverse events like bullying and childhood difficulties.

EMDR is a therapeutic process that uses bilateral stimulation in the brain through eye movements, sound or pulsations. Focusing on a distressful (or positive) experience along with bilateral stimulation results in the brain processing traumatic memories. This is a unique and evidence-based approach that is endorsed by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation( WHO).

To find out more about EMDR, refer to the EMDR Association

CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)

CBT enables us to identify and address the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that often create and maintain our problems. This collaborative and psychoeducational approach allows us to explore and make changes to unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving. CBT enables us to learn strategies and techniques to understand and address our difficulties.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for many common mental health problems including depression and anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and PTSD.

To find out more about CBT, see mind.org