Trauma can happen to anyone at anytime and anywhere and is basically an emotional wound and like any wound it must heal if we are to enjoy life. Sadly, when left unprocessed trauma causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm to the sufferer. Those suffering may feel endangered, anxious, or scared as a result and in many cases, the sufferer has no idea as to how to respond and in many cases goes into frozen in time mode (fight or flight), and in certain cases denial the effect of the experience. Those who suffer need support and time to recover from the traumatic event and regain emotional and mental stability.

So, what kind of trauma can we suffer from? Well, there are small ‘t’ trauma events that exceed our capacity to cope and cause a disruption in emotional functioning and these traumas can be anything from divorce to financial burdens. And there is large-T trauma which is eminent as an unexpected and momentous event that leaves the sufferer feeling powerless and possessing little control in their environment and it is here where avoidance sets the stage for decline. So, to help the sufferers we the therapists must help them by helping them to process their trauma in a safe and calm environment with EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing).

EMDR to me is like pure magic! It is a very powerful and effective tool to help those suffering with trauma or PTSD. EMDR is not a one hit wonder although after only a few sessions, EMDR produces visible changes with regards to reasoning, emotions and body experience. EMDR effects the neural pathways in the brain, through bilateral stimulation. So, EMDR can work so well for those who have felt helpless and out of control for some time now and help in bringing about equilibrium for those sufferers. If you’d like to train in EMDR please call 01253 969695 or visit: