Mic Austen Counselling and Psychotherapy

EMDR for Trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD

EMDR – Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing – is a therapy which works to alleviate the symptoms of trauma by healing the past. By finding the original episode where the symptoms started, we can help to heal the symptoms and create new understanding. EMDR is based on a clear and grounded understanding of how the brain and the body experience and process trauma and distress, EMDR is one of the most successful, effective and intensively-researched ways we know of tackling the aftermath of trauma.

EMDR is the NICE recommended treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. However, PTSD is not just about big traumatic incidents but also about the little hurts that we all experience, at time, growing up - from parents, teachers, peers. These 'little' hurts have loooong roots and can effect us even today when we are triggered....



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I often ask clients: were your parents frightening or frightened? If the answer is yes to either of those questions, you will certainly have experienced childhood 'hurts' or 'attachment trauma'. New research on the brain (see Alan Shore on brain development and trauma) shows the connection between attachment and brain development. If we have had parents who are frightening or frightened, our whole nervous system will be on alert. This hypervigilance may cause problems in the present . A number common symptoms have been found to be caused by childhood 'hurts' from attachment injuries which show up in brain scans include:
- anxiety
- depression
- anger
- OCD
- eating disorders
- addictons
- some body-centred illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue, etc


Recent brain research shows that if we experience an event as traumatic, the experience becomes 'frozen' in the part of our brain to do with survival. The memory is not processed like other memories and can remain stuck, causing us to have 'feeling flashbacks' where we feel that we've been here before... The reaction to the traumatic event can often cause us to have those mental health problems listed above and often why people come into therapy in the first place.

Events which can traumatise us include:

  • Bereavement
  • Childbirth
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Surviving major disasters
  • Parental divorce
  • Bullying at school or at home
  • One or both parents suffering from a mental health problem, such as depression
  • Childhood Traumas
  • Rape or assault
  • Soldiers/Police/Firemen - after witnessing combat, deaths, violence, etc


  • EMDR can help us to re-wire the brain. To help to put the event in the past where it belongs and let go of the effect of past events on the present and thus the future.
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    Mic Austen MA, MSc, MA, Dip
    Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy
    Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
    EMDR Levels I & II
    Advanced Trauma Training
    Level I & II Sensorimotorpsychotherapy
    Brentwood Counsellor and Psychotherapy

    Tel: 07445-672295
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    UKCP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist
    IMAGO Relationship Therapist
    Sensorimotor psychotherapy for trauma

    Trauma and Dissociative disorders
    Individuals, Relationships and Couples Therapist

    Counselling & Psychotherapy in Brentwood, Shenfield, Chelmsford, Upminster, Hornchurch, Billericay in Essex
    Paddington, Maida Vale, Little Venice, Bayswater, West London
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    I am an experienced UKCP registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor working in private practice in Brentwood, Essex near Shenfield, Billericay and Chelmsford, I also work in Central London, near Maida Vale/Paddington.

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