Overcoming the effects of trauma

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a unique, powerful therapy that helps people recover from problems triggered by traumatic events in their lives. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly.

EMDR is best known for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and it can also help with a range of mental health conditions in people of all ages.

EMDR in the media

Please note, various media coverage is shown here in order to share with you many different people’s experiences of EMDR treatment. For authoritative descriptions and definitions of the therapy please return to this site as the EMDR Association is not responsible for third party content.

November 2020

Former president of the EMDR Association, Dr Derek Farrell, has been awarded an MBE for services to Psychology.  Dr Farrell played a major part in establishing EMDR therapy in the UK and Ireland and is well known in the field internationally, setting up EMDR training in war-torn countries and those affected by national disasters. Closer to home, he continues to work with survivors of the Hillsborough Disaster and Grenfell. An academic at the University of Worcester, Dr Farrell established the first EMDR Therapy MSc course in the UK. Read more about Dr Farrell’s outstanding achievements and his own fascinating professional insights in this BBC Shropshire report.

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October 2020

The recently released ‘Huracán’ film about a martial arts fighter suffering from multiple personality disorder, aims to raise awareness of EMDR therapy, says its director Cassius Corrigan who places EMDR treatment sessions at the heart of the film:

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Matt Wesson, President Elect of the EMDR Association UK talks about the impact of Covid-19 on people’s mental health, the success of delivering EMDR online and its benefits during the pandemic and beyond:

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Whilst a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the early 1980s, Michael Patterson lost both his arms in an IRA bomb. He was only 22 years old and had just got married. Michael gradually rebuilt his life, went back into education, and is now a distinguished EMDR Europe Accredited Senior Trainer based in Northern Ireland, awarded an OBE for his achievements. He and his wife tell the story of what happened to Michael and how he survived, with some fascinating psychological insights, for BBC1’s Critical Incident series (starting at 2:04 into the programme and resuming at 31:49):



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September 2020

Artist Julia Freeman has made eight videos inspired by the different stages of EMDR therapy, following the resurfacing of grief for the loss of her father during lockdown.

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