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  1. What Therapy is Prince Harry doing on the new Oprah Winfrey Documentary where he strokes his arms and moves his eyes?

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    What Therapy is Prince Harry doing on the new Oprah Winfrey Documentary where he strokes his arms and moves his eyes?

     Prince Harry uses EMDR for Trauma in Oprah Winfrey TV show

    In the new series Harry can be seen working on some of the trauma in his life using a technique called EMDR. The show is called The Me You Can’t  See. The TV show first airs on Apple TV+ on May 21st 2021. In the show he can been seen with his arms crossed and tapping whilst focussing on some bad memories from the past whilst noticing what feelings and memories come up for him. Lots of other famous people have also had EMDR in the past and talked about their experiences including Mel B from the Spice Girls, Kate Garraway and Jameela Jamil. 

    What is EMDR?

    It stands for eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing and therapists such as myself use it to help treat unresolved anxiety and problematic memories. Price Harry is seen using it to help with issues stemming from the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when he was 12.

    Speaking about how it felt for him Prince Harry said.

     'EMDR is always something that I've wanted to try and that was one of the varieties of different forms of healing or curing that I was willing to experiment with. 

    'And I never would have been open to that had I not put in the work and the therapy that I've done over the years.' 

     Where did EMDR come from?

    Back in the 1980s EMDR was developed by a US psychologist, Francine Shapiro, a Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. 

    Out one day and while walking in a park, Francine Shapiro suspected that her eye movements were lessening the distress of her own traumatic memories. She tested the approach on others and over time built up a standardised psychological therapy for treating people with traumatic memories. It is now used worldwide by many practitioners alongside other psychological interventions

    Is EMDR like Prince Harry is having used by many people?

    Yes, in fact EMDR therapy is recommended by  the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and the World Health Organization for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it is used for a variety of problems brought on by past trauma.

     My own experience of helping people by using EMDR....

    In my experience it is used to help people who still have an emotional attachment to a memory that has happened. It is something that we can often see when people find it hard to talk about or remember.  Sometime people will have a single distressing event in their past that resurfaces through intrusive thoughts, nightmares or flashbacks, causing fear, anxiety and sometimes an urge to avoid situations that trigger the memory. Other times there may be a number of events and we can use EMDR to work through them and help break that attachment and teach them to let go of that anxiety.

    In his own experience of having this intervention as part of his therapy Prince Harry describes flying into London as being a “trigger” for his own anxieties and sense of feeling “hunted”.

    How do you do EMDR on someone? Can you do EMDR on yourself? 

    Although I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist this is one technique that I can use to help people which in fact involves keeping your eyes open and then while focused on a particular experience or event,  anyone undergoing EMDR receives what is called “bilateral stimulation”.

    In Prince Harry’s case, he crossed his arms and tapped his chest alternately on the left and right side to provide the stimulation. There is no hypnosis involved: people are fully conscious during the therapy.

     

    You can read more about EMDR here: EMDR More information

    So, How does EMDR process your memories for you?

    'Memories are processed according to previous experience and assumption and then assimilated,' explains chartered clinical psychologist and former president of the EMDR Association in UK and Ireland, Dr Robin Logie. We learn from memory: hot items aren't picked up, certain foods avoided. These are all filed away and, on the whole, memories from long ago are vague. But if you have a bad experience, that negative memory is frozen in time. Your brain can't process it and the memory returns in dreams and flashbacks, often with a physical response such as feeling sick or actual pain. Rather than fading, it stays as vivid as the day on which it occurred. It hasn't been correctly processed.'

    If you would like to find out more about how EMDR could help you then do feel free to drop me an email and tell me a little about what you are looking for help with via this link [email protected] .

     If you are not local and do not want to work on SKype with me then here's some advice. 

    If you are looking for someone local to you who could help you, my advice would be to check what other training and qualifications they have alongside EMDR so that they have the widest available methods to really help you to get what you want.

  2. Why do I have a short attention span now that I am worried about Coronavirus Covid-19 ?

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    I can't concentrate, my attention span seems to be so short at the moment and it all seems to be because of coronavirus - What is going on?

    coronavirus hypnosis and mediation for stress and anxiety

    You are not alone, and in fact it's perfectly understandable what is happening to you, especially as it is happening to millions of people around the world too.

    We have never known anything like this to happen before so we are all adjusting to the changes we are making in our lives. Hopefully they will only be for the short term but we don't really know how long that short term will be. Being alone or isolated can be hard. It's a very sensible precaution to make sure you keep your distance and follow all of the advice that you are being given.

    Sometimes we don't really understand some of the things that are happening in our minds. It's quite clear and perhaps easy to understand why we may be suffering from stress and anxiety at this time. Not knowing what will happen can do that, although you can learn to let go of those worries...right now though let's talk about why it is so hard to concentrate.

    Lack of concentration - short attention span due to Coronavirus Covid-19

    What is going on here? Well it is all about something called Hypervigilance.  We have evolved to do so many amazing things in our lives but parts of our brain haven't quite caught up with that intelligence and are still behaving as if they don't really know what is going on.

    What is Hypervigilance and how does it apply to coronavirus covid-19?

    RF Bear picture

    So, take yourself back a few hundred years and imagine you are searching the forest for some food when you hear a noise in the distance. You look across and there is a huge bear in front of you and he has seen you...he is coming for you and you start to run away.  You manage to lose him and make your way back to where you are settled in camp, but now you don't know where he is. So now it is on your mind. Thinking about eating isn't so important suddenly. More important is to look out for that bear, could he attack you and your family?  If you see him in the distance you need to keep on looking out for him and making sure you are very careful and always on alert.  You won't be going back to normal until you know that the problem the bear is causing is over.

    It's perfectly normal and only to be expected.  Right now it feels like we are all living through that bear and the stress he is causing us. Having a short attention span and finding it hard to concentrate is a normal reaction.

    Try and find other things to do. I don't need to give you huge lists of the right thing to do because there are already so many brilliant people doing that, just bear in mind that looking after yourself and learning to let go will help any time that you can.

    Here's a short meditation/mindfulness video that you can watch if you want to take just a few minutes out of your day.

    take care, be safe