Dr Matt Wardley - EMDR, Focusing & body-orientated approaches

EMDR, Focusing & body-orientated approaches

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach originally developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. to address trauma and it has been shown to be effective not only for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but also all forms of anxiety as well as depression, grief and mourning, addiction, pain and physical health and many more issues. This is because underlying these there are often difficult unprocessed memory networks from earlier in life. EMDR is an effective approach that taps in to our natural innate physiological ability to process past experiences and can free us from our current difficulties where traditional talking therapies may have been ineffective. Please see this What is EMDR? article by the EMDR Institute or this Introduction to EMDR Therapy video by the EMDR International Association

EMDR sessions can be conducted both in person or remotely using online video meetings (e.g. Skype or Zoom).

Focusing is a body-orientated psychological skill developed by the psychotherapist Eugene Gendlin and it helps us to understand and harness the way in which our body holds our feelings and experiences. See an Introduction to Focusing from the British Focusing Association (BFA), their website also has information on training, one-to-ones, partnerships and further resources.

Focusing: How To Gain Direct Access To Your Body’s Knowledge and Intuition by Eugene T Gendlin

The Power Of Focusing: Finding Your Inner Voice by Ann Weiser Cornell

I Know I’m in There Somewhere by Helene G. Brenner (Focusing)

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection (Book) by Gabor Mate. Also on YouTube

The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma (Book) by Bessel van der Kolk. Also on YouTube