Counselling & EMDR Therapy

Counselling & Therapy can assist you in learning skills to manage difficult thoughts and

emotions and to choose actions which fit with your values leading to a more

satisfying experience of life.

Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing Therapy- EMDR

As well as various EMDR focused workshops, Emma completed the EMDR basic training and is a member of EMDRNZ. After working for the past twenty years with clients who have experienced trauma, Emma has been very excited to now offer EMDR Therapy to clients. Emma believes this approach is the most effective she has experienced in treating trauma and is enjoying extending the use of this transformative approach for conditions such as grief and recent traumatic events as well as historical trauma. 

EMDR is a psychotherapy approach designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories.  EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed, and EMDR is one way to do this.


There is substantial evidence that EMDR is an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is recommended by the American Psychological Association (USA) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, UK) as an effective treatment for PTSD. The evidence for using EMDR to treat other disorders is currently less clear. In my experience EMDR can be an effective treatment for other conditions, particularly if they involve trauma memories or other distressing memories.

After the therapist and client agree that EMDR therapy is a good fit, and begin to work together, the client will be asked to focus on a specific event. Attention will be given to a negative image, belief, and body feeling related to this event, and then to a positive belief that would indicate the issue was resolved. While the client focuses on the upsetting event, the therapist will begin sets of side-to-side eye movements, sounds, or taps. The client will be guided to notice what comes to mind after each set. They may experience shifts in insight or changes in images, feelings, or beliefs regarding the event. The client has full control to stop the therapist at any point, if needed. The sets of eye movements, sounds, or taps are repeated until the event becomes less disturbing.

 Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?

Although EMDR therapy helps children and adults - all ages,

Emma works with clients from 11 years and older.

Therapists use EMDR with a wide range of challenges:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

  • Chronic Illness and medical issues

  • Depression and bipolar disorders

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Grief and loss

  • Pain

  • Performance anxiety

  • PTSD and other trauma and stress related issues

  • Sexual assault

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Substance abuse and addiction

  • Violence and abuse

A typical EMDR therapy session lasts from 60-90 minutes. EMDR therapy may be used within a standard talking therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.


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Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)

I am contracted to Stratos and OCP to provide EAP counselling services.


Many employers value the health and well-being of their staff and employees. As well as other support and assistance, an Employee Assistance Programme provides a confidential counselling service funded by an organisation for its employees and eligible family members, to deal with work related and/ or personal problems impacting the employees on- the -job performance.


EAP provides short term counselling. The counselling service is confidential unless it is a formal referral and /or the employee agrees to the release of information.


If you are unsure whether your organisation offers EAP simply contact the human resources department, Stratos, OCP or Emma directly.


Mental Health

I provide support for  families and carers who have a family member living with mild- severe mental illness.


I am trained and experienced in providing counselling and therapy for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions. However I do not provide crisis services, so should a person become significantly mentally unwell, I provide support through the referral process to an appropriate secondary service provider .




The service you receive is confidential.Your information is private and will not be discussed with others unless you request so, it is required by law, or there is a serious safety issue for yourself or others.I am ethically required to attend clinical supervision and may discuss your sessions anonymously to ensure best practice. Your contact details are not shared with anyone.




Sessions are available by appointment only.

To make an appointment please send an email and I will contact you to discuss counselling or EMDR Therapy options.



Payment is expected by internet banking before the appointment, within 24 hrs following the appointment, or cash at the time of the appointment.



If you need to cancel your appointment, please provide 24 hours notice so this time can be utilized. No cancellation fee is charged for 24 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise the full fee is expected.