Counselling and Psychotherapy

in North London

with Sonia Di Gennaro



What EMDR is and how it can help

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychological treatment developed by Francine Shapiro. It offers benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from different experiences such as:


• childhood physical/sexual abuse or neglect

• natural disaster

• road traffic accidents or workplace accidents

• surgical trauma

• assault

• performance anxiety






Distressing events may involve a person by feeling overwhelmed. The distressing memory may become frozen and the brain may be unable to process the information as a normal memory. When traumatic experiences are recalled, the person can feel intensively what they saw, smelt, felt, heard or tasted. These experiences may be so distressing that the person may avoid thinking about them. However, sometimes these experiences may be manifested as flashbacks or dreams which can be very debilitating.

The bilateral stimulation of the brain with the eye movement, sounds or taps in EMDR, allows the frozen memory to be processed. In this process memories become less distressing and lose their intensity.


EMDR is not a form of hypnotism. During the session, even if your eyes are moving you will be conscious and in control at all times.

How does EMDR work?

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North London Counselling and Psychotherapy is within easy reach of Barnet, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Crouch End, Highgate, Muswell Hill, New Southgate, Southgate, Bounds Green, Hendon, Golders Green and Arnos Grove.