What is EMDR-Informed coaching? 

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy technique originally developed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It involves bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, to help clients process and integrate distressing memories or thoughts. Over time, practitioners have adapted EMDR for various psychological issues, including imposter syndrome.

EMDR-informed coaching incorporates the principles and techniques of EMDR therapy into the coaching process. The primary goal is to identify and reprocess the underlying beliefs and memories that contribute to imposter syndrome. By addressing these root causes, you can experience profound shifts in your thoughts, behaviours, and self-perception. The next step is to connect with these profound shifts and help you work towards a better future. We use EMDR techniques to help you connect with how you want things to be and how you want to perform in certain situations.


How can EMDR-informed coaching help imposter syndrome?

  1. Addressing limiting beliefs

    One of the key aspects of EMDR-informed coaching is the identification of negative self-beliefs. These negative beliefs, such as “I’m not smart enough” or “I don’t deserve success,” can reinforce the imposter syndrome narrative. Through EMDR-informed coaching, you are guided to challenge and reframe these beliefs. We work with what is at the root of these beliefs and replace them with more empowering and accurate perceptions of yourself.

  2. Processing past experiences

The reprocessing phase of EMDR is another crucial element in overcoming imposter syndrome within the coaching context. During this phase, you engage in bilateral stimulation while recalling past experiences that are connected to you feeling like an imposter. This process allows the brain to reprocess the memories thoughts and feelings that are associated with imposter syndrome. Facilitating the integration of new, positive beliefs and perspectives.

3. Developing coping strategies

Additionally, EMDR-informed coaching assists you in developing effective coping strategies and self-care routines to manage imposter syndrome on an ongoing basis. The coaching process helps you to identify triggers and implement techniques, such as grounding exercises or mindfulness practices, to prevent imposter feelings from escalating. By building resilience and self-awareness, you can better navigate imposter syndrome and maintain their confidence over time.

EMDR-informed coaching is a dynamic and holistic approach that addresses the underlying causes of imposter syndrome while empowering individuals to develop lasting strategies for self-confidence and success. By combining the principles and techniques of EMDR therapy with the goal-oriented approach of coaching, you can overcome imposter syndrome and thrive both personally and professionally.   

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Hi, I am Dr Hannah Bryan, thanks for reading my blog.


I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Europe Accredited EMDR Facilitator and Consultant.

 I have over 20 years experience in both the NHS and private practice.

Like you, I am only human and I have had my hard times and I have got many blocking beliefs that at times hold me back from me realising my potential and being my best. 

EMDR incorporated with coaching has helped me work things through and be in a position now where I have a thriving and inspiring psychology practice. It’s always a journey and I’m always working on my blocks, my mental health and my well being.

As well as coaching, I also provide psychological therapy and support other therapists training in EMDR, I am a Facilitator on training courses and offer specific supervision packages and training to support this. Click here to book a free 15 minute coffee chat with me to see if I can be of help to you.