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Techniques & Therapy for Trauma

Updated: Jun 7, 2020

There are some particular techniques, therapy, that can be used to work with the impact & memory of trauma. They are are Sensorimotor Psychotherapy & EMDR: details of them are given below. We can talk through the options and decide together which is best for you.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-oriented therapy that integrates simple body-centred observations and movements with traditional talking therapies. It has a strong focus on the present while also acknowledging what impact the past may continue to have. Clients who have experience of trauma or who continue to be challenged by difficulties stemming from their childhood often find this way of working helpful and empowering. 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in practice is based on the principles of mindfulness and seeks to pay attention to the whole person (mind, body, emotion and spirit), while its theoretical underpinnings include recent research into the workings of the brain and nervous system.

For more information please contact me or visit: www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)

This is a therapeutic process that was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in the 1980s in the USA.  It focus is for working with people suffering as a result of a traumatic event(s).   NICE have approved EMDR for those that have experienced trauma.  As EMDR has developed it is being used for other matters such as phobias, performance anxiety etc.

The therapy involves helping you to access memories of trauma in a safe and carefully managed way, then processing these memories to achieve a resolution of the trauma and a reduction or elimination of distressing symptoms. Memories can be images of a traumatic event and also physical sensations and emotions that stem from the event. The processing typically has the client bring to mind a part of the memory of the event and then you moving your eyes from left to right under the guidance of the therapist, a movement that occurs naturally during dream sleep.  The memory is not spoken out loud during the process. As an alternative to eye movements, tapping, vibration or gentle auditory stimulation can be used.

For more information please contact me or visit: www.emdrassociation.org.uk, or www.emdria.org.

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