Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

At Lovelong House West Sussex we offer a  type of therapy used to treat the symptoms of trauma.
When we experience traumatic events the thoughts, feelings and memories we have about those events can get stuck. It can be hard to move on from them.
The aim of EMDR is to help the brain to process distressing memories. This reduces their influence and allows patients to develop ways to more effectively get on with their lives.
Who it’s for
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is suitable for children and adults.
It is usually offered alongside other forms of therapy.
Issues we can help with
The traumatic events that eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) can help with include:

war related experiences
childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect
natural disaster
surgical trauma
road traffic accidents
workplace accidents


EMDR is recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as the first treatment for people with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
It can also help children who experience self-esteem, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
There is some evidence that people with autistic spectrum disorders and those with learning disabilities can benefit from EMDR after they experience trauma.

Length of treatment
Treatment at Lovelong house will continue upon your stay.
For most patients a small number of sessions are offered. For patients who have experienced very severe trauma, or more than one trauma, the therapy can last for a year or more.
Assessment starts with a full evaluation of your psychological wellbeing and we talk about the most appropriate treatment for you.
Therapy sessions
You are seen individually for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
During therapy sessions you are supported to recall a traumatic event and at the same time receive bilateral stimulation. This means receiving stimuli in a rhythmic left-right pattern. The stimuli can be something you hear, see or feel.
For example, bilateral stimulation could involve:

Research shows that eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is at least as effective as other talking therapies in the treatment of symptoms of trauma. Talking therapy covers all the psychological therapies that involve a person talking to a therapist about their problems. Studies have found that EMDR can help people more quickly than other therapies.

Risks and side effects
Talking and thinking about emotional problems can be difficult. For this reason some people can feel worse before they feel better. We work with you to manage strong emotional reactions.



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