What is an EMDR Consultant?

An EMDR Consultant is an approved EMDR Practitioner with additional training and experience who is able to undertake the tasks of consultation or supervision. 

Consultants - EMDR Europe



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

( EMDR ) is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro for trauma -related disorders. According to Shapiro's theory when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm usual cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. This can result in the memory and associated stimuli of the event being inadequately processed, resulting in the memory being stored in a dysfunctional form in an isolated memory network. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their ongoing influence and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms. Shapiro has published research data to support the benefits of the therapy and a wealth of research has been conducted which have demonstrated treatment benefit for psychological trauma. This includes child-hood abuse or neglect, performance anxiety, assault, disasters, surgical trauma, birth trauma, road traffic accidents, life event depression, Occupational distressing events. http://www.emdr-europe.org


What is CBT?

It is a way of talking about:

  • how you think about yourself, the world and other people

  • how what you do affects your thoughts, feelings and behaviour


CBT can help you to become more aware of how you think ('Cognitive') and what you do ('Behaviour') This then increases understanding of how to access a range of ways of thinking about events and enhance ways of trying a variety of responses.

When does CBT help?

CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include: Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia) stress, Obsessive Compulsive, Disorder, Post Traumatic Disorder. CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself or physical health problems, like pain or fatigue.

How does it work?

CBT can help you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to see how they are connected and how they affect you. These parts are:


  • A Situation - a problem, event or difficult situation

       From this can follow:

  • B Beliefs/Thoughts/ mind chatter about the A event. This can lead to ...

  • C  Consequences 

  • Emotions

  • Physical feelings

  • Actions


Each of these areas can affect the others. How you think about a problem can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. It can also alter what you do about it. There are helpful and unhelpful ways of reacting to most situations, depending on how you think about them. (Royal College of Psychiatrists 2012) Also whether you have experienced a similar pattern of difficulties. We call this conditioning and re enactment's which affect how we process events.


Helpful Websites 

Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) - Psychotherapy