Children’s Mental Health Week 2021…

Next week is Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, and we believe now more than ever, how important it is to help our young people speak about how they’re feeling.

During the week, we’ll be sharing some professional and personal tips that we hope will help you if you are a young person, or if you are supporting a young person, be it as a parent, friend, guardian, teacher or one of the many other relationships they may have in their lives.

If you are concerned about the mental or emotional wellbeing of yourself or another young person or child please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team on 01274 726096, where we will be able to give you info about our Children and Young People’s Counselling Service. In many cases we are able to offer sessions for free.

We would love to hear any helpful tips you may have to share with others, so please feel free to post.

Faye, Counsellor at Relate Bradford

EMDR – our new service from Relate Bradford…

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It stops difficult memories causing so much distress by helping the brain to reprocess them properly.

When someone feels overwhelmed by an event/experience, their brain may be unable to fully process what is going on. The memory of the event seems to become “stuck” so that it remains very intense and vivid. 

EMDR aims to help the brain “unstick” and reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer so intense. It also helps to desensitise the person to the emotional impact of the memory, so that they can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings.

It does this by asking the person to recall the traumatic event while they also move their eyes from side-to-side, hear a sound in each ear alternately, by tapping their hands alternately. These side-to-side sensations seem to effectively stimulate the “stuck” processing system in the brain so that it can reprocess the information more like an ordinary memory, reducing its intensity.


How many sessions will I have?

Around 6 – 8.

I’ve got a few distressing experiences I’d like to process, is it okay to process several memories?

Yes it’s fine to do more memories.

Will it change any of my memories?

No it doesn’t change any memories.

Do I attend with my partner?

Yes you can attend with your partner.

Can I have EMDR over the phone?

Unfortunately you can’t have EMDR over the phone. You can have it via web counselling or face-to-face.

I have anxiety/depression, can I have EMDR?

The focus of this EMDR work is a relationship focus.

Does it work with young people?

Yes, we can offer this to young people, aged 10 years and above.