Who can benefit from EMDR?
Many people think EMDR is only for those who have been diagnosed of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex-PTSD (C-PTSD). However, EMDR has also been proven to improve conditions like depression, anxiety and eating disorder. My speciality is working with people with who experienced bereavement and those affected by early childhood trauma. If you experience flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep, physiological responses to triggers of trauma, and you're ready to process your past experience, then EMDR is for you.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required depends on a range of factors. This includes your chosen duration of each session, i.e. 60-minute or 90-minute. It will also depend on the nature of the trauma you experienced. For a single-event trauma, 8 sessions usually suffice. For those who experienced complex childhood trauma or presenting symptoms of C-PTSD, more sessions will be recommended. This is to allow time for us to establish a relationship, to ensure that you are grounded and supported before processing. We will also take some time to reflect on the new perspectives you've discovered around your past experiences.
Where do sessions take place?
EMDR in London
at my home studio based in Colliers Wood, between Tooting and Wimbledon.
My studio is equipped with a wide range of musical instruments and arts supply. If you're keen to incorporate creative medium in your therapeutic journey, studio sessions would be the ideal choice. I also offer online sessions for those who would prefer to have sessions in the comfort of their own home.
How much do sessions cost?
In line with other practices based in London, my rates are £85 per 60-minute session and £100 per 90-minute session. If you are looking for EMDR sessions for your adopted child, I am a registered provider for Adopt London West, Adopt London South and Adopt South. I am familiar with ASF application process. If your adoption agency is not listed, I would be happy to liaise with your child's social worker. If your family had lost a child to a life-limiting condition and you are based in SW London or Surrey, you may be entitled to bereavement support at Shooting Star Children's Hospice.
When is EMDR not recommended?
EMDR is not suitable for clients who experience dissociation. A standardised tool called DES-II will be used in the assessment session to ensure EMDR is suitable for you. EMDR is also not recommended for people in the first trimester of pregnancy and people actively using alcohol and drugs. EMDR is most effective when you are ready to process the trauma you experienced.
Can children benefit from EMDR?
The short answer is yes. However, you would want to ensure that the EMDR therapist your child engages with has completed a Child Accredited Training approved by EMDR UK Association. The therapist should be aware the adaptations required for children at different developmental stages. Traditional eye movements in EMDR might not be the most appropriate way to help children process trauma. Be sure the therapist you have chosen can offer your child fun, creative bilateral sensory stimulations while processing.