This is a taster session about Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a NICE recommended, evidence-based therapy used to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences.

Gemima has used EMDR effectively in her work with people who have experienced loss, and will share some case studies. During this session, Gemima will explain the processes involved in the brain following adversity and trauma, and how EMDR helps. There will be a demonstration of EMDR in action. Attendees will also be led through a grounding exercise that can be used by anyone to help reduce stress or anxiety.

About your session leader: Dr Gemima Fitzgerald

Dr Gemima Fitzgerald is the Director and Founder of Thrive Clinical Psychology and Resilience Consultancy Ltd. She has developed expertise in resilience.

Her doctoral research focused on how resilience is developed after experiencing adversity. She designs bespoke workshops and training events on resilience, and is fast developing an excellent reputation for promoting change and development.

Her training helps support people cope with difficulties in both their personal and professional lives. She also helps people to learn from their experiences, as well as identify and tap into their inner resources.

Her aim is to develop a sense of meaning in their personal story and resilience for their journey through life, with self-compassion and acceptance.