Struggling with Trauma? Why EMDR Can Help

Following trauma, moving on with life can feel overwhelming and difficult to imagine.

When that trauma is a cancer diagnosis, these feelings can impact you throughout your treatment, and beyond remission. Dealing with the memories and emotional impact of that trauma is a big step to finding your way into a life beyond that diagnosis. Various therapeutic approaches have been successfully employed, with the most effective being EMDR therapy for treating trauma.


EMDR therapy in treating trauma

EMDR is widely recognised as a successful therapy when dealing with anxiety, stress and the impact of trauma (PTSD). Now recommended by the World Health Organisation and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, it’s widely available to help sufferers with a variety of mental health problems.

I’d like to tell you more about EMDR


What is EMDR?

EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy, a practice which has been shown to help people of all ages to manage negative thoughts and emotions.


How does EMDR work?

Working through your traumatic memories, the therapist will encourage you to make rapid eye movements following their finger. These movements are similar to those experienced in sleep and allow the brain to reprocess difficult memories, causing them to lose some of their impact, removing negative emotion.


Who does EMDR help?

Research has shown that EMDR can help people of all ages work through traumatic incidents and deal with the negative impacts they’ve left behind.

Working with women who’ve been diagnosed with cancer, I’ve seen how EMDR can help those women face life after cancer. It can support you through treatment anxiety, anxiety about surgery and the trauma many people feel after that cancer diagnosis.


Life beyond the cancer diagnosis

Whatever your picture of trauma, or of PTSD, it’s unlikely you’d immediately consider a consultant’s office.

But for many people, that is exactly where their trauma happens, it’s where their journey of suffering begins. In that moment, when your life turned upside-down.

EMDR can help take some of the pain from that diagnosis, by lessening the emotional impact of that event and giving you a way to deal with those negative feelings going forward.

I’ve seen the effect EMDR can have on those living with a cancer diagnosis, the hope and the strength gained from reframing those thoughts and emotions. Think about whether EMDR could help you.


“I came to Nisha with my problems and because Nisha is multitalented in the realm of therapy. We have worked using EMDR in Face2face sessions. She is a joy to talk to and I have always been made to feel welcome. Thanks to Nisha I am now back to work after long term leave, I feel better in myself which has led to a change in the way I approach my relationships and work.
I now prioritise my self-care (something I had never done before) and I plan on seeing Nisha for the foreseeable future.
Not to mention her tea selection is amazing and through seeing Nisha I have found a love for Aromatherapy.”


If you’d like to find out more about EMDR, or find an EMDR therapist in Northampton, drop me a line – I’d be happy to talk.