Michael Rivers MBACP Reg' & Accred' Counsellor. EMDR Therapist UK & Ireland Mem'
Counselling - Psychotherapy - EMDR - Counselling Supervision
COVID - 19
Remote Counselling online
During the Covid-19 pandemic I am able to provide you with an online EMDR service via Zoom. Although, a public announcement was made on 19/07/2021 I am continuing to offer appointments online only.
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Online therapy is effective and the safest way to access professional therapeutic support during the current Covid-19 situation.
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 a member of EMDR Europe & Ireland having completed a comprehensive training with EMDR Works. I am currently an active committee member of the East Anglian EMDR Steering Group.
To the counselling and psychotherapy relationship I bring 28 yrs of clinically supervised practice offering a warm, and confidential and accepting non - judgemental approach offering you a safe place to discuss your difficulties and struggles. I work from a spectrum of theories. Although you are at the centre of our work together this approach is known as the Integrative school which enables me to work from a comprehensive spectrum of empowering approaches.
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 to bring about fulfilling relief and personal change.
(Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
I am experienced in working with EMDR since 2013 across a broad spectrum of conditions and presentations from working with single event trauma (PTSD) to working with complex trauma and other difficulties. EMDR, as an approach that enables you 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 as this is the recommended treatment for PTSD by NICE.
Do please feel free to make contact for a brief initial discussion by Zoom, telephone or alternatively by email.
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
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
An EMDR appointment usually lasts for 60 minutes for which the fee is £60.00. £90.00 for 1.5 hrs.
I offer appointments during the week in the daytime and some evenings.
More about EMDR
WHAT IS EMDR THERAPY?
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)
HOW DID EMDR EVOLVE?
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.
HOW DOES EMDR WORK?
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.
WHAT IS THE ACTUAL EMDR SESSION LIKE?
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.
HOW LONG DOES EMDR TAKE?
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.
BUT DOES EMDR REALLY WORK?
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;
WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS CAN EMDR TREAT?
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
* disturbing memories
* sexual and/or physical abuse
* body dysmorphic disorders
* Pain Management
To mention a few ........