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Birmingham and Kingswinford EMDR – for Trauma and PTSD

Birmingham and Kingswinford EMDR – for Trauma & PTSD if you are looking for support call Paul Carter now to book an appointment or to discuss your issues further. At the moment Paul is only working online or the telephone due to COVID. To make an appointment please call Paul on 07843 813 537 or fill in the form on the Contact Page, if he doesn’t answer he is probably in a session, please leave him a message and he will call you back as soon as he can.

If you have suffered a Trauma such as Abuse – sexual or emotional, Bullying or Social Humiliation, Depression, Anxiety, have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, witnessed or experienced something traumatic such as a car accident, violent crime or experienced the sudden loss of a loved one, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR may be able to help you process the traumatic event so that your memories of it become less disturbing  The International EMDR Association has a useful Introduction Video Here. 

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway

When a person experiences something traumatic, often they may feel overwhelmed. When our brain’s are overwhelmed by our circumstances they don’t fully process what is going on. This can mean that the memory of an event may get “stuck” in a person’s mind this memory can stay very vivid and intense. The person feels like they are reliving the experience and the distress they felt at the time, over and over again. It’s like a person has become stuck reading the same page in book over and over and they aren’t able to turn the page.

EMDR helps the person to turn the page, unstick the memory and reprocess what happened so it isn’t as intense. It also helps the person to reduce the emotional impact of the memory, so that when they do think about it the feelings are not as intense and strong.

In a session of EMDR the client will be asked to think about the traumatic thing that has happened to them. While they do this they are asked to move their eyes from side-to side, hear a sound in each ear alternately or feel a tap on each had alternately.

“These side-to-side sensations seem to effectively stimulate the “stuck” processing system in the brain so that it can reprocess the information more like an ordinary memory, reducing its intensity.” 

It is thought that the effect is similar to what occurs when we are sleeping in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. In this stage we move our eyes rapidly from side to side as our brain processes what happened in the day. For more information about the research that has been carried out into EMDR how it works and its effectiveness please take a look here. 

For more information about EMDR and the practical side of sessions please take a look at this my EMDR Page.

If you have any questions about EMDR and how it might benefit you don’t hesitate to contact me.

Birmingham and Kingswinford EMDR

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Because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, my face to face counselling services are closed until further notice.

However, I am able to offer counselling sessions via telephone or online video calling. There are many advantages to this, such as keeping yourself and others safe, but you may find it's more convenient to have your sessions from the comfort of your own home as well as saving time and money.

My services are no longer restricted to a location and you are welcome to contact me if you need support regardless of where you live. Call now on 07843 813 537 to book your first session or if you would just like a friendly chat about your issues and how I can help.

- Paul Carter