Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a technique used to treat anxiety disorders, phobia, panic disorder, PTSD and chronic pain, as well as complex attachment and developmental trauma disorders.

Psychologist Francine Shapiro developed EMDR in 1987. It is a phased, focused approach to treating traumatic and other symptoms by reconnecting the client in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the trauma and allowing the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward adaptive resolution. It is based on the idea that symptoms occur when trauma and other negative or challenging experiences overwhelm the brain’s natural ability to heal; and that the healing process can be facilitated and completed through bilateral stimulation – also known as dual awareness – while the client is re-experiencing the trauma in the context of a safe environment.

During EMDR individuals process memories safely, leading to peaceful resolution and resulting in increased insight regarding both previously disturbing events and the negative thoughts about themselves that have grown out of the original traumatic event.

EMDR functions differently from regular psychotherapy and counselling. It is a ‘non-speaking’ approach and offers the possibility of direct trauma resolution. Typically, EMDR is both effective and quick because long-term retrospective analysis is not necessary. Clients often process and resolve traumatic memories with a minimum of discussion.

EMDR therapy has been endorsed by the NHS, NICE, World Health Organisation, American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. According to the EMDR Research Foundation there are now over 30 gold standard research studies documenting the effectiveness of EMDR therapy in resolving problems such as rape, sexual abuse, combat trauma, childhood trauma and neglect, life threatening accidents as well as symptoms such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

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I am a fully trained EMDR practitioner (EMDR - level IV) and a member of the EMDR Association UK and Ireland. I'm also a mindfulness (MBRP) practitioner. I have designed and delivered a mindfulness-based relapse prevention programme at Start2Stop since 2013. I am a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) and I adhere to their code of ethics and practice. I specialise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTS, developmental trauma disorder and other trauma-related conditions, as well as phobia, chronic pain, anxiety disorder and addiction relapse.

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With Central London practice locations in Harley Street W1, Chelsea SW3 and Kensington W8, The City EC4, Mark Boyden and his team of Associates’ Central London psychotherapy, psychology and coaching services are very accessible for clients in Fulham SW6, Pimlico SW1V, Victoria SW1, Mayfair W1, Belgravia W1, Knightsbridge SW1X, Westminster SW1P, Notting Hill W11, The City EC4 and the surrounding areas.