I am trained in EMDR and am a registered BLAST Technique Practitioner.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming) and BLAST (Bi Lateral Analysis and Stimulation Treatment) are extremely efficient techniques used to deal with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
A trauma often perceived to be something horrific or extreme but every person is different. As no two
people are the same, they can view identical situations in completely different ways and therefore be
affected by them differently. What appears to be minor upset to one person can be catastrophic to another.
Cases of PTSD were first documented during the First World War when soldiers developed shell shock as a
result of the harrowing conditions in the trenches. The condition wasn't officially recognised as a mental
health condition until 1980, when it was included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders, developed by the American Psychiatric Association.
The NHS describes Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through
nightmares and flashbacks. In addition to feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt, they may also have
problems sleeping and find concentrating difficult. Symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to
have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life.
The type of events that can cause PTSD include:
serious road accidents
violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect
witnessing violent deaths
being held hostage
natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event or it can occur weeks, months
or even years later. It is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience,
but it’s not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others don’t.
It’s normal to experience upsetting and confusing thoughts after a traumatic event, but most people
improve naturally over a few weeks.
You should visit your GP if you are still having problems about four weeks after the traumatic experience,
or if the symptoms are particularly troublesome. The NHS recognises that EMDR is proving very effective
in cases of PTSD and, in particular, NICE recommends EMDR for treating post-traumatic stress
The BLAST technique is an accelerated method of using EMDR and can also be used for phobias, cravings,
guilt and anxiety.