EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Therapy

EMDR Explained

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based treatment that can help people recover from PTSD, trauma and disturbing experiences. People experiencing anxiety and depression can also benefit from EMDR.

EMDR is endorsed by the World Health Organisation, and is an approved Focused Psychological Strategy by Medicare. It aims to:

EMDR can help to reduce the power past experiences have over your present life.

It’s about understanding myself
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How does EMDR work?

EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to change the way a memory is stored in the brain. Through this process, new pathways and connections are created in the brain that support integration and healing. When targeted through EMDR treatment, memories become less distressing and can be remembered rather than re-experienced.

Bilateral stimulation refers to actions that moves back and forth across the body. There are different forms of bilateral stimulation that can be used, depending on what feels best for your body:

What does an EMDR session look like?

EMDR is a structured therapy that moves through different stages as treatment progresses.

To begin, your therapist will spend time learning about your current worries and symptoms as well as taking a detailed history. This will help to create a treatment plan, targeting the specific memories and experiences that are contributing to your present concerns.

From there, time will be spent adding to your tool belt of coping skills. EMDR uses specific strategies and exercises to help manage distressing thoughts, feelings and sensations. These resources are practiced in the safe space of counselling sessions, so you’re able to draw on them as you navigate daily life and move into the next stage of treatment.

In the desensitation and processing stage, clients are asked to recall a memory while utilising bilateral stimulation. As the memory is processed, the brain is able to ‘shift’ and ‘unstick’ memories and incorporate new, adaptive information. Through this process, clients are also supported to address future triggers.

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