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EMDR Support for Abuse

EMDR support for Abuse – Abuse takes different forms. Abuse can be a one-off or multiple incidents and it may affect one person or more. Abuse can be experienced by children or adults. It can occur in any relationship and may result in the person subjected to the abuse experiencing significant harm or exploitation. Often the person responsible for the abuse is known to the person being abused, they could be a spouse, partner, son, daughter, relative, friend, carer, neighbour, a paid carer or volunteer, a health worker, social care or other worker, resident or service user. It could be caused by a person who is deliberately intending to do harm or by neglect, by someone not taking the right action through ignorance. Abuse can be caused by one person or a number of people.

Abuse can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, emotional and material abuse, discriminatory abuse, exploitation, institutional abuse and modern slavery. (This information on abuse has been informed by the Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board)

Abuse can have a profound and long-lasting impact on your life even many years after the event. If you are struggling with the affects of abuse, you may find it helpful to talk to a counsellor. As a counsellor Paul Carter can help you to come to a place of acceptance that the abuse is not your fault, and that the responsibility lies with your abuser. This can help you to move on with your life and feel free of the torment you have been enduring.

EMDR Support with abuse

One of the ways that Paul can offer support is through EMDR. EMDR stands for EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro starting in 1988. A Client is asked to recall a disturbing event and as they do the counsellor moves their hand in front of the client’s eyes or uses a light bar with alternating pulsing lights. As the client tracks the movement of the counsellor’s hand or the light the image of the traumatic event being held in their brain becomes less disturbing. EMDR does not take the memory away but the client feels less traumatised after this therapy. The International EMDR Association has a useful Introduction Video Here. 

For more information about EMDR please take a look at these blogs

Other Support

The NHS have a list of agencies that you can access for support and help with domestic violence and abuse


For more informaion about Paul please take a look at the About Paul Page, Frequently Asked Questions Page and The Counselling Services Page. If you would like to make an appointment with Paul for Counselling, Psychotherapy or Supervision, 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.

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