Our Next Meeting

Thursday 23rd November2017

EMDR:   Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing from a hypnotherapist’s point of view

A talk by Gloria May

Describing EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing – as sometimes a wee bit controversial might be rather like describing Formula 1 as driving in a bit of a hurry.

Catherine Dixon
Gloria May

is a National Council for Hypnotherapy Registered Hypnotherapist and supervisor.  She has worked at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, dealing with anxiety and  the side-effects of HIV drugs, 
Before the advent of effective HIV drugs Gloria worked for a charity set up to give alternative therapies to HIV sufferers, using hypnotherapy with clients grieving for their friends and whose own death was very near. 
She also ran a meditation class in Wormwood Scrubs Prison for three years. 
She been in private practice since 1980 and in 2000 was accredited by the EMDR UK and Ireland Association to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.


Almost since this form of desensitisation therapy was unveiled by its creator Francine Shapiro, therapists around the world have been divided over its efficacy and appropriateness. However over the years since it was first introduced EMDR has been widely adopted for a range of mental health issues, especially Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In the early years the controversy was not helped by the insistence of Shapiro and her followers that training in the technique should be restricted to a limit category of candidates, mainly clinicians – while the majority of lay hypnotherapists found themselves utterly verboten.
That though has changed significantly over the years and now many hypnotherapists have become expert in the technique … such as our November speaker Gloria May, one of the James Braid Society's founding members, who makes a very welcome return to the club.
During her presentation Gloria will not only talk about EMDR from a hypnotherapist’s point of view but will also describe the protocol on which the therapy is based. And she will undoubtedly stress the importance of havinga firm grasp of the preparation necessary to set the procedure up properly. 

The core view behind EMDR is the belief that following an experience which is sudden and shocking it goes straight into the emotional brain and returns in its original form as flashback or nightmare..



The meeting will takes place at the  at “The Carpenters Arms”, 12 Seymour Place,  W1H 7NE – just off Edgware Road & close to Marble Arch tube station.  Meetings start at 7.15pm

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