Dr Walker has an admirable depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in this field. Lindsey Williams, Family Court Assessment Service

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Eye-movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

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Eye Movement Desensitisation (EMDR) is an evidence-based psychological intervention for trauma and other psychological conditions, including anxieties and complex grief. The intervention works on the premise that traumatic incidents are thought to be stored in the brain in isolated networks. Through the process of intrusive activations of these disturbing memories and then the subsequent avoidance of them, the traumatic memory networks are believed to remain isolated. In this way, people are typically left with a sense that the traumatic event is ever present and not in the past and that the traumatic event has usually left an altered and negative belief that they hold about themselves (e.g. "I am vulnerable").

Safe memory processing

EMDR helps the individual to process the traumatic memories within a safe context. Eye movements are typically created by asking the client to follow the therapist’s hand, which moves from one side of their visual field to the other. Alternatively, bilateral movements (i.e. left to right to left etc.) are employed through hand tapping or other forms of stimulation that the client prefers. These movements are believed to work by keeping the client’s attention with both the traumatic memories and the safety of the present. In addition, the bilateral stimulation is believed to speed up the effective processing of traumatic memories.

Through this process, the client engages in a natural healing process in which the isolated memory becomes integrated with healthy aspects of the client. New perspectives and meanings often occur such as the spontaneous recollection of positive memories of the trauma (e.g. when help arrived or recalling a brave action) and shifts in the negative beliefs that have developed (e.g. from ‘I am vulnerable’ to ‘I am strong’). Often, EMDR helps people to fully feel that the trauma was something that, while very unpleasant, is in the past and is no longer part of their life.

Court reports

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We provide thorough, evidence-based and objective reports for Family, Criminal and Civil Courts. We also provide extensive and comprehensive reports for the Parole Board and Court of Protection.

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Therapeutic Interventions

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Across the age range, Compass Psychological Services provide individualized therapeutic interventions that are based on thorough assessments, detailed formulations and up to date research evidence.

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Clinical supervision

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We have extensive experience of providing clinical supervision to Psychologists. With a growing client base from the NHS and Independent sectors, this represents an exciting development for our services.

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