“The past affects the present even without our being aware of it.”
― Francine Shapiro

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. In my practice I offer EMDR in particular as part of a psychotherapy approach that recognises that the body can become blocked after traumatic experiences, either single event PTSD experiences or the impact of early childhood trauma. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.


The Process of EMDR

(Information taken from the EMDR Institute)

EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.” Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.



When people initially think of EMDR therapy their association is generally to trauma. EMDR is also an effective intervention for anyone who is generally content in their life but has some particular challenge in perhaps the business or work environment. The challenge can be as varied as difficulty speaking at meetings, presenting at conferences or procrastination around work tasks.

Increasingly clients are business professionals who simply have goals such as developing a new creative project, working to save more money or having more energy for life after work. For some, there is no immediate desire to commence personal therapy. EMDR can help people achieve goals in a focused way.

EMDR for Performance Enhancement can help enhance your life if you’re already happy and content but want to address a blocking belief in business or performance and success in projects or endeavours.

In my practice, if you want to get to a new level of your business or work life, EMDR therapy could be the tool to help you.


In the initial consultation we will discuss the desire outcome and assess if short term focused EMDR will be an appropriate intervention. Please specify Short Term Focused Work/Business EMDR in your initial inquiry.

Fee Structure - €150 (75 minute sesssion) General time commitment is 4-6 sessions

Further Resources on EMDR

Link to Information Brochure :


Link to Information Video (Youtube) produced by the International EMDR Association:

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