Introduction to EMDR

EMDR Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy

What is EMDR?

Originally designed to help address traumatic memories, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) facilitates the accessing, processing and resolving of disturbing memories and unpleasant life experiences, whilst addressing negative beliefs and unwanted body sensations about past and future events and promoting supportive positive beliefs.

What is it used for?

Trauma, disturbance, anxiety (past, present, future events), phobias, performance concerns.

Example: Say you get hit by another car whilst crossing a junction. No major injuries, just some bruises, which will heal over the next few weeks until you cannot even see where they were. Your brain 'heals' in the same way. You may be upset initially, and then talk to friends and colleagues about the event, and without even thinking about it, learn any lessons, file away useful information, and process any relevant emotions or sensations. This way, when you look back at the event a few months or years later, it is just remembered as an unpleasant experience.

For some, they are not able to process the experience (fully or at all), and it may continue to intrude in everyday life. For example, there may be negative beliefs such as "I am powerless", or "I cannot trust anyone", there may be body sensations, such as feelings of tension, or a heightened emotion, such as anxiety.   This may have unwanted intrusions into a person's life, such as when approaching a road junction a person may go into a state of fight/flight and be aware of a heightened state of anxiety, yet also less able to focus on their driving.

What we will cover


  • The traumatic memory network
  • AIP: The Adaptive Information Processing model
  • Hypnosis and EMDR



  • Preparing the client for EMDR: Information gathering and metaphors for EMDR
  • Creating the SUD and VOC scales
  • Bilateral stimulation and eye movements: finger sweep, clicks and taps
  • The desensitisation process
  • The standard protocol: Images, beliefs, emotions and body sensations
  • Working with core beliefs
  • Working through blockages


Wider applications

  • Adapting the standard protocol for recent events, phobias and anxieties
  • EMDR for ego strengthening

Book Now

11/12 November 2017
(2 days)
10am - 5pm
London (Embankment)


(Note: Next EMDR course not until Summer 2018)


Important: This course is designed for qualified hypnotherapy practitioners only - so if you do not have a valid hypnotherapy qualification/relevant experience, please do not book a place on this EMDR masterclass - if in doubt, send us a message before you book.

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