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I have just completed part one of my EMDR training.

Like many other participants on the training, it is hard to believe the speed and power of the process.

Within seconds quite difficult memories are surfaced, and without care it is easy to appreciate how re-traumatisation can happen. That is not to say that I don’t appreciate the need for past events to be processed rather than ignored. It is just that the pace is quite frightening and one that I wasn’t prepared for.

I was slightly disappointed by the unmet promise that EMDR offers a less confrontational approach to dealing with trauma – this wasn’t my experience on this training. I will need to do much more reading, training and supervision in order to explore a more gentle approach to the provision of EMDR.

I will use my early experience of CBT practice which was both “clunky” and awkward to stop me making that mistake with EMDR. Thus a gentle approach will be my special goal as I aim to work with people who have a history of “let downs” as well as traumatic events. People deserve nothing less than to work with a practitioner who is determined to offer an alternative experience to what they may have had in the past.

I am an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist with particular interest in working alongside people with depression. I am privileged in my work in the NHS with children, adolescents and their parents/carers. I am committed to improving access to psychological therapies. I do this through helping people link with accredited therapists. I help people prepare better for therapy so as to reduce premature endings and to maximise early gains. I also work with a very small number of clients in therapy and offer therapy at an affordable price. My qualifications also include a Diploma in Counselling, I also have the following qualifications:- RGN, RMN, RNLD, MSc, BEd (Hons). My main area of interest is mood disorders and adopting a compassionate approach in my work with people who find therapy difficult.

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