What does the session involve?
 
During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session. The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event.

eyeThe therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain, while the client focuses on the disturbing material, and the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content. Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values.

Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one's self; for example, "I did the best I could". During EMDR the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.



 
 
 
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About me

Claire Gillingham

CBT & EMDR PRACTITIONER

I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) and have worked in the NHS for the last 27 years, working currently as an Independent Nurse Prescriber.

I have extensive experience working with all ages with a wide variety of mental health difficulties using CBT since 1999. I have an accredited masters level diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Exeter University and I am an accredited BABCP practitioner

I undertake regular supervision with an accredited supervisor, as well as undergoing an annual criminal record bureau (CRB) check. I am also an Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner with full membership of the UK & Ireland EMDR association.


 

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