Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy for children

  • 1 hour
  • 90 British pounds
  • Annfield Road

Service Description

EMDR is a relatively new therapy established within the last 10 years or so. It is an extremely effective treatment for people – children as well as adults – who have had traumatic experiences. It is also helpful for a variety of emotional and behavioural problems in adults and children. Sometimes the traumas a child experiences are easy to see, such as a death or road traffic accident, but others are not so visible. Sometimes you know what they are but your child does not. The traumas may have taken place so early in life that your child may not remember them. They may have pushed them out of their mind or ‘forgotten’ them. When children do not remember traumatic experiences, they often show the effects of them through their behaviours. These are often signs of ‘emotional stuck points’ or ESP. For example, they may not laugh, play or smile much. They may be too obedient and willing to go with any adult. They may be unable to stand up for themselves or protest when badly treated. When something dangerous happens, our body and brain respond in a different way. Our body recognises the emergency and takes protective action. The messages to the brain seem to be put into an emergency store, often without going through the normal memory-forming processes. These experiences, with the original sounds, thoughts and feelings are recorded in the brain as raw unprocessed information. Sometimes the brain does not process them in the normal way to form ordinary memories. Furthermore, they are even stored in a different part of the brain. Traumatic memories seem to become ‘locked’ in the brain in their raw form. When these memories are recalled, they can be very upsetting. Sometimes, they can be triggered apparently out of the blue causing flashbacks, nightmares and outbursts. They can make it very difficult to deal with ordinary stressful situations in the calm and reasonable way we normally would. EMDR is an approach that seems to ‘unblock’ the brain’s processing so that traumatic memories become ordinary ones. We do not know exactly how this treatment works. It may have something to do with the alternating left-right stimulation of the brain or with REM sleep, in which the eyes often move from side to side on their own. The eye movements may help to process the unconscious material. Contact us to arrange an assessment to see if EMDR therapy may be appropriate.

Contact Details

  • Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality, Annfield Road, Inverness, UK