What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychological treatment used to relieve psychological stress.
It is primarily used to treat trauma & PTSD
but is also effective for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Personality disorders
  • Complicated grief
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Pain disorders
  • Body dysmorphic disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual or Physical abuse
  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Disturbing & distressing memories
  • Phobias

How does EMDR work?

During EMDR therapy sessions, you relive traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements.

EMDR is thought to be effective because recalling distressing events is often less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This allows you to be exposed to the memories or thoughts without having a strong psychological response. Over time, this technique is believed to lessen the impact that the memories or thoughts have on you.

What are the advantages of EMDR?

EMDR Therapy goes beyond treating symptoms and addresses the underlying core issues
‘beneath the tip of the iceberg’.
This results in significant, long term results. Because EMDR changes the way that the brain processes information and experiences, once an issue has been fully resolved, it is unlikely to re-emerge in the future.

EMDR therapy is often referred to as an accelerated form of therapy, meaning that what other therapeutic approaches may accomplish in many sessions, EMDR can accomplish in significantly fewer sessions.
It is also a type of therapy that doesn’t require talking about the details of the actual trauma; rather, participants are asked to think of the trauma and describe what they experience when they think about it.

Learn more about EMDR

See below video for a great overview of EMDR
by the EMDR Association of Australia.

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