What is emdr ?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is a structured process that uses the experiencing of bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), in a way that facilitates a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with traumatic memories.
Stress responses during distressing experiences are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains after the incident has passed, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.
Who is it for ?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences. This may include:
- Trauma, including birth trauma
- Anxiety, including social anxiety
- Panic disorders
- Grief and loss
How does it work ?
During EMDR therapy I will support you to work through the eight phases of EMDR therapy, giving attention to a negative image, core belief, and bodily feeling related to this memory, and then to a positive belief that would indicate the issue was resolved. Over a period of 60-90 minute sessions the specific memory and related memory networks will be processed using this information and bilateral stimulation.
EMDR therapy does NOT include extended exposure to the distressing memory, detailed descriptions of the trauma, challenging of dysfunctional beliefs or homework assignments.
EMDR session (60 minutes) $145 incl GST
EMDR therapy can be completed as an adjunct within my standard ongoing counselling, or as a standalone treatment for the processing of a specific memory/experience.
Private health insurance rebates may apply.