Harnessing harmony: Mindfulness based psychotherapy and EMDR

In the bustling city of Southampton, where the demands of modern life often intersect with personal struggles, the journey towards emotional well-being has found a powerful ally in the fusion of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.


In this article, I talk about these two approaches through the lens of my experience and of other therapists within my geographical area. The convergence of these two transformative approaches, guided by skilled therapists and psychotherapists, is creating a symphony of healing for individuals seeking solace, growth, and lasting change.

The essence of mindfulness-based psychotherapy

Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is a therapeutic philosophy deeply rooted in the practice of mindfulness – the art of being fully present in the moment without judgment. This approach invites individuals to embrace their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with a gentle curiosity, fostering self-awareness and inner balance. By cultivating mindfulness, psychotherapists and counsellors can help clients develop a stronger connection to their emotions and thoughts, enabling them to navigate life’s challenges with clarity and resilience.

The power of EMDR therapy

EMDR therapy, on the other hand, is a groundbreaking treatment that targets traumatic memories and distressing experiences. Guided by trained therapists, this approach utilises bilateral stimulation, often in the form of eye movements, to facilitate the reprocessing of traumatic memories. The goal is to alleviate the emotional charge associated with these memories, allowing individuals to find relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and more. EMDR therapy offers a structured and efficient way to unlock the healing potential within oneself.

The confluence of mindfulness and EMDR

What makes the fusion of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and EMDR therapy so potent is their shared foundation of empowerment, self-discovery, and transformation. The practice of mindfulness lays the groundwork for a receptive and non-judgmental mindset, creating the perfect canvas for the targeted interventions of EMDR therapy. Together, they form a dynamic synergy that amplifies the healing process.

Incorporating mindfulness into EMDR therapy helps individuals stay grounded and present as they navigate the sometimes challenging emotional terrain that arises during trauma processing. Mindfulness provides a safe anchor, allowing clients to observe their thoughts and emotions without becoming overwhelmed. The calming influence of mindfulness serves as a buffer against the intensity of traumatic memories, ensuring that the EMDR process unfolds at a pace that feels manageable and safe.

The journey of transformation

For individuals seeking the services of psychotherapists and counsellors, the combined power of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and EMDR therapy offers a comprehensive journey of transformation.

This unique pairing assists in:

  • Creating a solid foundation: Mindfulness prepares the ground, fostering an open and non-reactive mindset necessary for the therapeutic journey.
  • Building emotional resilience: The synthesis of mindfulness and EMDR equip individuals with tools to manage and cope with distressing emotions, enhancing resilience and emotional well-being.
  • Unveiling new perspectives: Mindfulness encourages a curious exploration of thoughts and feelings, while EMDR therapy guides individuals towards fresh perspectives on traumatic experiences.
  • Empowering change: Together, these therapies empower individuals to initiate meaningful changes in their lives, whether it’s overcoming trauma, managing anxiety, or fostering personal growth.

Here, in Southampton, where the bustling urban landscape meets the human quest for inner peace, the combination of mindfulness-based psychotherapy and EMDR therapy stands as a beacon of hope. Skilled therapists and psychotherapists harness the harmonious blend of these modalities, fostering healing, growth, and empowerment. As individuals embark on this transformative journey, they discover the profound potential of their own resilience and the invaluable support of a mindful, therapeutic partnership.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Mark Edmunds, MA | Core Process Psychotherapist | UKCP Accredited | EMDR
Southampton, Hampshire, SO14

Mark is a psychotherapist in private practice in Southampton UK, he specialises in treating trauma.

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