Michael Rivers MBACP Reg' & Accred' Counsellor. EMDR Therapist UK & Ireland Mem'

Michael Rivers MBACP Reg' & Accred' Counsellor. EMDR Therapist UK & Ireland Mem'


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About me

                        Counselling - Psychotherapy - EMDR - Counselling Supervision

I am a Registered & Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am a member of EMDR Europe & Ireland having completed a comprehensive training with EMDR Works.

To the counselling and psychotherapy relationship I bring 25 yrs experience. I offer a warm and accepting non - judgemental approach which I hope provides you with a safe place to discuss your personal experiences. I work from a spectrum of theories. This approach is known as the Integrative school.

Along with this, I believe in the uniqueness of each persons individuality and that we can through the therapeutic relationship bring about insight, choice, empowerment and self understanding.


                                  (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

I am experienced since 2013 in working with EMDR as an approach that enables us to overcome unwanted difficult memories and experiences from the past. EMDR can help us to lead more happier and fulfilling lives in the present. Conducted research illustrates the benefits of EMDR in the treatment of psychological trauma arising from war related experiences, childhood abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, road traffic and workplace accidents.Recent research suggests that EMDR is beneficial in the treatment of anxiety and depression. It is recommended by NICE to allow for at least 12 sessions.

If you wish to find out more about EMDR a section can be found at the bottom of this page.

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


Accredited register membership


A counselling or Psychotherapy appointment spans upto 50 minutes for which the fee is £40.00

An EMDR appointment usually lasts for 60 minutes for which the fee is £60.00. £90.00 for 1.5 hrs.

Further information

Other Therapeutic Treaments


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 Excel lance (N.I.C.E.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

Maps & Directions

Ipswich, IP4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme