Michael Rivers

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MBACP Reg'&Accred. EMDR Europe Accred Practitioner
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Ipswich, IP4
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About me

                         Psychotherapy - EMDR - Psychotherapy Supervision

                                                      Remote EMDR via Zoom    

Welcome to my page,

 I am a Registered & Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. The BACP is the Accrediting and Ethical body that informs my practice. I am an  EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner  having completed a comprehensive and rigorous training with EMDR Works UK. I am currently the Chair of the East Anglian EMDR Steering Group. 

To the psychotherapy and EMDR relationship I bring a combined 30 yrs of clinically supervised practice. As a therapist I have worked within GP surgeries, the NHS, Suffolk Mind, IAPT and a range of Employee Assistance Programs along with offering training in the area of well being for the national charity Mind. I have lectured on line via Zoom on the treatment of Medically Unexplained Symptoms (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Fibromyalgia) within the framework of EMDR. 

I  offer a warm,  confidential and non - judgmental approach to harbour a safe place to explore your difficulties, distress and struggles and where mutually agreed to explore pathways to realistic outcomes.  You remain as the central focus of our work together. I believe in the uniqueness of each persons individuality and through the therapeutic relationship to bring insight, choice, empowerment and self understanding moving towards  fulfilling relief and personal change.

                                                        About EMDR

                                  (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

I am experienced  in working with EMDR since 2013. having trained across a broad spectrum of conditions and presentations. I work with single event trauma (PTSD) to working with complex trauma (C-PTSD)  and other difficulties. EMDR, is an approach that enables you to process and desensitize unwanted difficult and intrusive memories, unhelpful behavioural patterns  and experiences from the past that continue to influence your daily life, unhelpful beliefs and decisions. EMDR can help us to lead more happier and fulfilling lives in the present. Conducted research illustrates the benefits of EMDR as this is the recommended treatment for PTSD by NICE.

I have worked with those who where involved in the 2015 attacks in Bataclan and staff attending the death of 39 Chinese men and women sealed in a container  in Thurrock in 2019. 

Do please feel free to make contact for a brief initial discussion by Zoom, telephone or alternatively by email.

Best wishes


Training, qualifications & experience

  • Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing - Levels I, II, III and IV (EMDR Works/Europe) 2013 - 2015
  • Attachment Focused EMDR for Complex Trauma (Dr Laurel Parnell, Parnell Institute) 2016
  • Certificate of completion and competence in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy -
    MSc programme (Metanoia Institute, London, 1996-2002)
  • BACP Endorsed Cert' Counselling for Depression (NICE Approved - University of Nottingham)
  • Diploma in Counselling Skills (Association of Natural Medicine, Witham, (1993 -1995)
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Association of Natural Medicine, Witham, (1994-1995)
  • Diploma in Counselling (Association of Natural Medicine, Witham, (1993 -1996)

                                          Professional Registrations & Memberships

EMDR UK & Ireland                         Membership No 0361

BACP                                 Membership No. 537825. Registration No 015160

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£75.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Additional information

An EMDR appointment usually lasts for 60 minutes for which the fee is £75.00. £110.00 for 1.5 hrs.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer appointments during the week in the daytime and some evenings.

Further information

More about EMDR


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful  psychotherapeutic approach to resolving life problems that is estimated to have helped close to 2 million people of all ages. EMDR was primarily used for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD)


In 1987, psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro made the chance observation that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions.  Dr. Shapiro studied this effect scientifically, and in a 1989 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, she reported success using EMDR to treat victims of trauma.  Since then, EMDR has developed and evolved through the contributions of therapists and researchers all over the world. Today, EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.


No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain.  However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed.

Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information.  Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind.  You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.  Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way. One philosophy is that EMDR unlocks negative memories and emotions stored in the nervous system and  reconnects neural pathways.


During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem as the focus of the treatment session.  The client calls to mind the disturbing issue or event, what was seen, felt, heard, thought, etc., and what thoughts and beliefs are currently held about that event.  The therapist facilitates the directional movement of the eyes or other dual attention stimulation of the brain (tapping or bilateral music), while the client focuses on the disturbing material, and the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content.  Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experiences and values. Sets of eye movements are continued until the memory becomes less disturbing and is associated with positive thoughts and beliefs about one ’s self; for example, “I did the best I could.”  During EMDR, the client may experience intense emotions, but by the end of the session, most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.


One or more sessions are required to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment.  I will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer questions about the method.

Once we have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin.  A typical EMDR session lasts from 60 to 90 minutes.  The type of problem, life circumstances, and the amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary.

I use EMDR in conjunction with Integrative Psychotherapy.


Controlled studies have investigated the effects of EMDR. These studies have consistently found that EMDR effectively decreases/eliminates the symptoms of post traumatic stress for the majority of clients.  Clients often report improvement in other associated symptoms such as anxiety.  The current National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellance (N.I.C.E.) treatment guidelines for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) recommends EMDR as an effective treatment. EMDR was also found effective by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defence, UK Ministry of Defence, the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Israeli National Council for Mental Health, and many other international health and governmental agencies.  Research has also shown that EMDR can be an efficient and rapid treatment.  Further information can be found through EMDR UK & Ireland;


Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress. However, clinicians also have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:

* personality disorders

* eating disorders

* panic attacks

* performance anxiety

* complicated grief

* stress reduction

* dissociative disorders

* addictions

* disturbing memories

* sexual and/or physical abuse

* phobias

* body dysmorphic disorders

* Pain Management

To mention a few ........

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My practice is located in a quiet area of East Ipswich with on street parking and easy access to public transport. I work from home in a room on the 1st floor that protects your privacy,confidences and anonymity.

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Michael Rivers
Michael Rivers