Donna Morgan Counselling, Shere Lane, Guildford, England, GU5, United Kingdom

EMDR Therapy – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

EMDR Therapy – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Healing Trauma with EMDR

As an integrative therapist, I am committed to providing my clients with the most effective and evidence-based treatments to address their mental health concerns. One such approach that has garnered substantial recognition for its efficacy in treating trauma-related disorders, including psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).


EMDR is a powerful therapeutic technique that has gained widespread recognition for its ability to alleviate the symptoms of trauma and promote healing. By using EMDR, I aim to help clients process and integrate distressing memories in a safe and supportive environment. This method is particularly beneficial for individuals who have experienced a distressing event, as it can significantly reduce traumatic stress.


In conjunction with EMDR, I often incorporate Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and principles from the Recovery Model to provide a holistic approach to treatment. These methods complement each other, offering a comprehensive strategy to treat PTSD and support long-term recovery. Through these combined therapeutic approaches, clients can experience significant improvements in their ability to manage traumatic stress and work towards healing and recovery.

What is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured, integrative psychotherapy approach developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, the creator of EMDR, in the late 1980s. EMDR is specifically designed to help individuals process and heal from traumatic events or distressing experiences. The therapy is based on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, which posits that the human brain is inherently geared towards healing, but that traumatic experiences can disrupt this natural process.


EMDR therapy sessions involve a series of eye movements guided by the therapist to help the client process distressing memories. Research on EMDR has shown that this technique can be highly effective in reducing the symptoms of trauma and improving overall emotional well-being. The EMDR Institute, founded by Francine Shapiro, has been instrumental in promoting the understanding and implementation of this therapeutic approach.


During sessions of EMDR, clients are guided through a structured process that includes recalling traumatic events while simultaneously engaging in eye movements. These eye movements are believed to facilitate the brain’s ability to process and integrate traumatic memories, ultimately reducing the emotional distress associated with these experiences. The treatment effects of EMDR have been extensively studied, and evidence consistently supports that EMDR works in alleviating symptoms of trauma and enhancing mental health.

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Donna Morgan, Your EMDR Therapist

With over 25 years of experience in counselling, Donna Morgan is a dedicated EMDR therapist based in Guildford, Surrey. Specialising in anxiety, stress, and panic attacks, Donna provides a personalised approach to therapy, ensuring a safe and confidential environment for her clients.


She is trained by experts in the field, including Paul McKenna and Richard Bandler, and holds numerous qualifications, such as a Senior Accredited NCPS Counsellor and a Master NLP Practitioner. Donna offers both face-to-face and online sessions, allowing for flexible and accessible therapy options.

Why Use Private EMDR Therapy:

I have chosen to incorporate EMDR treatment into my practice due to its well-established effectiveness in treating trauma-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as other mental health issues like anxiety, depression and phobias.


EMDR’s ability to address the root causes of psychological distress allows for profound and lasting change. Additionally, private EMDR therapy is a time-efficient approach, often yielding significant results within a relatively short period of time.

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What EMDR Does:

EMDR therapy is a powerful tool that helps individuals process unresolved traumatic experiences, leading to a reduction in symptoms of trauma-related disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression.


It enhances emotional regulation by addressing the root causes of psychological distress, allowing clients to develop healthier coping strategies and experience improved emotional well-being. The therapy promotes profound and lasting changes, empowering clients to maintain their progress beyond the therapy sessions, thereby achieving lasting transformation and resilience.


Through the use of EMDR, clients can expect the following outcomes:


Resolution of traumatic memories
EMDR facilitates the brain’s natural healing process, allowing clients to process and integrate distressing experiences.
Reduced symptoms
Clients often experience a significant reduction in symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression and other trauma-related disorders.
Improved emotional well-being
By addressing the root causes of psychological distress, clients experience enhanced emotional stability and resilience.
Lasting change
EMDR promotes profound and lasting transformation, empowering clients to maintain their progress beyond the therapy sessions.

Benefits of EMDR:

Private EMDR therapy involves a standardised, eight-phase protocol that incorporates elements of various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, and experiential therapies. During EMDR sessions, clients are guided to recall distressing memories while simultaneously engaging in bilateral stimulation, typically in the form of eye movements, tactile stimulation, or auditory tones.


This dual attention process is believed to facilitate the brain’s innate capacity to process and integrate traumatic memories, ultimately reducing their emotional impact. This approach also addresses negative beliefs associated with trauma and helps clients develop positive beliefs about themselves and their experiences. Additionally, EMDR can be complemented with Emotional Freedom Techniques to enhance overall health and emotional well-being.

The Phases of EMDR

EMDR therapy follows a structured, eight-phase protocol designed to help clients process and heal from traumatic experiences. These phases include:


  1. History Taking: Understanding the client’s background and identifying traumatic memories.
  2. Preparation: Establishing a safe and trusting therapeutic environment.
  3. Assessment: Evaluating specific memories and related negative and positive beliefs.
  4. Desensitisation: Reducing the emotional charge of traumatic memories through bilateral stimulation.
  5. Installation: Strengthening positive beliefs to replace negative ones.
  6. Body Scan: Ensuring no residual physical tension remains.
  7. Closure: Helping the client return to a state of equilibrium.
  8. Reevaluation: Reviewing progress and determining any further treatment needs.
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Is EMDR a Treatment for PTSD?

EMDR is an effective treatment for PTSD (Post traumatic Stress Disorder) and related conditions. It is particularly beneficial for complex post-traumatic stress disorder, combat stress reaction, and various anxiety disorders such as panic disorder. EMDR also addresses dissociative disorders, including dissociative identity disorder and depersonalisation-derealisation disorder.


Through its structured approach, EMDR helps individuals process traumatic memories, reduce symptoms, and develop healthier coping mechanisms, promoting long-term recovery and emotional well-being.

Who Can Benefit from EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy is highly versatile and can benefit a wide range of individuals, including:


  • Children: Helping young ones process trauma and distressing experiences.
  • Veterans: Addressing combat stress reactions and PTSD.
  • Patients: Those suffering from anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and dissociative disorders.
  • Adolescents: Assisting teenagers in managing trauma and emotional challenges.
  • Individuals with Substance Use Disorders: Supporting recovery from addictions.
  • People with Schizophrenia or Personality Disorders: Including borderline personality disorder.
  • Victims of Bullying: Offering relief from the trauma of bullying.
  • Victims of Child Sexual Abuse: Helping survivors heal from past abuse.

EMDR can help clients:

Process unresolved traumatic experiences

By targeting the root causes of psychological distress, private EMDR therapy helps clients integrate and resolve traumatic memories, allowing them to process their life experiences and distressing events more effectively.


This therapeutic approach addresses the impact of past experiences, facilitating a healthier and more balanced emotional state. Through EMDR, clients can transform their negative experiences into positive beliefs, promoting overall mental health and resilience.


Reduce symptoms of trauma-related disorders

EMDR has been shown to effectively decrease symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and other trauma-related issues. By addressing the signs and symptoms of psychological distress, EMDR helps alleviate pain and emotional suffering associated with traumatic experiences.


It is particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with distressing events, chronic conditions, and persistent emotional pain. EMDR targets the root causes of these issues, promoting healing and integration of traumatic memories into a healthier emotional framework.


Enhance emotional regulation

As clients process and integrate traumatic experiences through EMDR, they often experience improved emotional stability and resilience. This therapeutic approach enhances their ability to manage emotions and feelings effectively.


By combining EMDR with Emotional Freedom Techniques, clients can achieve a deeper level of emotional healing. This integrated method helps in aligning the mind and emotions, fostering a greater sense of well-being and emotional freedom, ultimately leading to a more balanced and resilient emotional state.


Develop healthier coping strategies

EMDR supports clients in identifying and implementing adaptive coping skills to better manage life’s challenges. This process often includes integrating healthier coping strategies from various forms of psychotherapy such as behaviour therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive therapy, and exposure therapy.


By combining EMDR with these approaches, clients can develop more effective ways to handle stress and emotional difficulties. This comprehensive approach enhances the benefits of talk therapy and other forms of psychotherapy, leading to significant improvements in emotional well-being and resilience.

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As an integrative therapist, my dedication lies in offering the most effective and evidence-based treatments to support my clients’ mental health.


Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) has proven to be a powerful tool in addressing trauma-related disorders, fostering deep and enduring change.


By incorporating EMDR into my practice, I am confident in my ability to help my clients achieve lasting improvements in their mental health.

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