EMDR can play a key role in recovery, by healing the trauma that underlies the addiction as well as reducing the urges and compulsions that keep any addiction in place. Read more here.
Addiction means continued use despite adverse consequences, this helpful video from Dr Jud Brewers explains how everyday activities can be addictive. In more serious cases addiction, according to the World Health Organisation, means continuing actions or behaviours that are beyond the control of the conscious mind that have life threatening consequences.
I have extensive experience helping clients recover from life threatening addictions such as alcoholism, gambling and pornography, as well as anorexia and other eating disorders. I’ve led a number of workshops for therapists in EMDR & Addiction with another planned for next year. Here’s an article I published in the Journal of EMDR Therapy Quarterly sharing my expertise in using EMDR with clients recovering from addictive behaviours. Read a pdf of the journal here.
I frequently work at Charter Harley Street, a leading addiction treatment centre where clients learn how to fully feel their feelings, take personal responsibility, enhance their self esteem and achieve healthy relationships as part of a recovery programme. Watch and listen to Mandy Selegari explain more in her Ted Talks.
I also specialise in using EMDR to focus on the underlying positive feelings that fuel addictive urges. Read how some of my clients have recovered from their addictions.
Many of my clients find that attending 12 Step Groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous can be a useful accompaniment to full recovery.