EMDR for hypnotherapists


Originally designed to help address traumatic memories, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) facilitates the accessing, processing and resolving of disturbing memories and unpleasant life experiences, whilst addressing negative beliefs and unwanted body sensations about past and future events and promoting supportive positive beliefs. EMDR is a highly useful tool for any professional hypnotherapist.

This highly practical workshop has been designed for hypnotherapists to learn the theory and practice of EMDR approaches and techniques to use within their hypnotherapy practice. Most commonly associated with trauma, EMDR can be useful when working with disturbance, anxiety (past, present, future events), phobias and performance concerns.

Example: Say you get hit by another car whilst crossing a junction. No major injuries, just some bruises, which will heal over the next few weeks until you cannot even see where they were. Your brain 'heals' in the same way. You may be upset initially, and then talk to friends and colleagues about the event, and without even thinking about it, learn any lessons, file away useful information, and process any relevant emotions or sensations. This way, when you look back at the event a few months or years later, it is just remembered as an unpleasant experience. For some, they are not able to process the experience (fully or at all), and it may continue to intrude in everyday life. For example, there may be negative beliefs such as "I am powerless", or "I cannot trust anyone", there may be body sensations, such as feelings of tension, or a heightened emotion, such as anxiety.   This may have unwanted intrusions into a person's life, such as when approaching a road junction, a person may go into a state of fight/flight and be aware of a heightened state of anxiety, yet also less able to focus on their driving. EMDR, together with hypnotherapy, enables the processing of the various aspects of that event and helps the person develop more positive and helpful ways of responding.

This workshop will explore PTSD perspectives, together with the theory of trauma and processing of disturbance. The protocols for past trauma, recent trauma, phobias, anxiety and anger will be considered, together with how to adapt protocols for ego strengthening, positive enhancement and future pacing. A range of practical techniques will be covered including:

  • Assessing contra-indications

  • Preparation and information gathering

  • Metaphors for EMDR

  • Working with SUD and VOC scales

  • Using bilateral stimulation and eye movements (finger sweep, clicks and taps)

  • Bilateral stimulation using technology

  • Processing images, beliefs, emotions and sensations

  • Working through blocks and loops

  • Closing interim and final sessions 

Important: This course is primarily designed for qualified hypnotherapy practitioners. If you are a talking therapist and wish to join the group, please contact Dr Kate (info@drkatehypno.com) prior to booking a place.

Book your place on the two-day EMDR for Hypnotherapists course today for just £250