What is EMDR?

It is well acknowledged that the mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilizing this natural process to successfully treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems.

EMDR is recognised as having the highest level of research evidence for treatment of PTSD by the Australian Psychological Society (EBPI Review 2010).

Over 300 studies have been published showing EMDR to be effective for treating depression, anxiety, phobias, addictions, body dysmorphia etc. It has been used effectively with children and adolescents.

What is an EMDR session like? 

EMDR utilises the natural healing ability of your body. After a thorough assessment, which includes a determination of suitability, and development of a treatment plan, you will be asked specific questions about a disturbing memory you have identified. Eye movements, similar to those that occur with REM sleep, will be recreated simply be asking you to watch the therapist’s fingers moving back and forwards across your visual field. Sound or touch can be used if visual is not appropriate.

With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful emotional impact and become a neutral memory of a past event.

How long does the treatment take?

EMDR can be brief focussed to address a recent trauma or included as part of a longer psychological treatment plan for traumas experienced in younger life that have impacted your daily functioning aver a longer period of time. Individual sessions of EMDR usually last 60 to 90 minutes.

Contact us to learn more or book your EMDR session.