EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing which is an evidenced-based treatment for PTSD recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence). It is a therapy used to help people recover from distressing events and associated problems such as flashbacks, upsetting thoughts or images, depression or anxiety. 


When we experience traumatic events or negative life experiences, the thoughts, feelings and memories we have about those events can get stuck and it can be hard to move on from them. 


The aim of EMDR is to help the brain to process distressing memories and for the brain to “unstick” and reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer so intense. This helps desensitise you to the emotional impact of the memory, so that you can think about an event without experiencing such strong feelings, thus enabling you to develop skills and techniques to help you move on with your life. 


EMDR has been successfully used for Anxiety and Panic attacks, Depression, Stress, Phobias, Grief and Mourning, Trauma and Pain relief.

If you would like to discuss EMDR please contact me on the details below.

Helaine Wood Counselling Services
2 Terminus Road, Eastbourne