Welcome, and thank you for visiting Derwent EMDR Therapy. My name is James Thomas and I am a Psychotherapist providing both short- and long-term therapy to adult individuals.
Welcome to my site offering EMDR Therapy and support. I understand that taking the first steps to accessing Psychological Therapy can feel daunting, and my aim is to provide the information you need to help you decide if my approach could be helpful to you.
Life brings many challenges – these can include early childhood traumas, surviving work or life related distress as an adult e.g. divorce, loss or other stress. Often the aftermath of these experiences presents a challenge to our quality of life and connections with both ourselves, our partners, friends and relatives.
I am an accredited EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner , and specilaise in an Attachment Informed orientation to EMDR , which is central to my work. I am also a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. My aim is to work in a way that suits your needs. I work with adults (17 upwards) and currently don’t work with couples.
I have worked in Mental Health within the UK National Health Service (NHS) for over 30 years. For the last 11 years I’ve worked in a specialist team as an accredited CBT and EMDR Therapist with complex anxiety problems, with Post traumatic stress as a specialism. I have worked with and learned much from people with many diverse backgrounds, including veterans and uniform services personnel, and non-English speakers.
After completing EMDR training in 2013 I became interested in the work of Dr Laurel Parnell, who developed ‘Attachment Focused EMDR’. This lead to attending multiple trainings with Laurel Parnell, which broadened and enhanced my EMDR practice. I went on to working closely with Mark Brayne and the team at EMDR Focus in providing advanced training and supervision to therapists in using Attachment Informed EMDR.
This orientation to EMDR allows us to help when the adults experience has links to earlier childhood distress or trauma with caregivers that have been locked into the nervous system – eg medical trauma, neglect, abuse, early losses, parental drug and alcohol use. In the present day these may be seen in anxiety, anger, depression, obsessive compulsive patterns, bingeing. I have found that in order to effectively help people with adult trauma we frequently need to address and support parts of us that have survived great adversity early on.
I am an accredited EMDR Practitioner and Consultant in training. I am closely affiliated with colleagues at EMDR Focus, and offer peer supervision or case consultation to therapists online. If you are interested in this please contact me to discuss.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (or EMDR) is a relatively new form of Psychological Therapy. It was originally developed in the 1980s by Francine Shapiro, to help people with single incident Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since then, EMDR has significantly evolved, and built a strong evidence base of effectiveness in helping a broad range of common human difficulties, with many different populations.
Based within a strong understanding of how the brain and body store and process distress, EMDR is one of the most successful, effective and intensively-researched ways we know of tackling the aftermath of trauma in its many forms. The theoretical basis for EMDR is ‘Adaptive Information Processing’. In essence this is our natural, physically based mechanism to heal from distress and trauma. This has links to many other guiding theoretical principles in the therapy world, though EMDR differs from many ‘talk’ based therapies as we seek to activate natural processing of memories and the feelings / emotions connected to them during our sessions. This happens by the use of ‘bilateral stimulation’ of the physical senses, and can take place in different modalities, eye movements , using headphones , or in a tactile manner by holding a buzzer in each hand or tapping knees as we work. By working in this way we can connect with these foundational scenes in new ways, often through the eyes of the present day . EMDR allows us to modify and ‘process’ these experiences, to promote compassion and acceptance of what has been and our experience.
People come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through CBT and EMDR therapy:
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Issues relating to sexuality or intimacy
Difficulties in work or in retirement
Problems with family life
Grief, loss or bereavement
Problems with compulsive patterns
Service related stress – e.g. for Veterans, NHS and uniform services
I am based in Derbyshire, and since the Covid-19 restrictions on proximity contact commenced in early 2020 have been working exclusively online using video conferencing software.
I will likely return at a later point to ‘in person’ work however at this time this service is not available. Please contact me if you would like to discuss how online therapy works.
Sessions are usually held weekly, and are 60 mins long, however this can be flexible according to your availability . Cost is £80.00 per session.
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