Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy
EMDR Therapy with Axis Clinic
We have number of experienced clinicians trained in EMDR therapy who are taking new clients. If you’re interested in EMDR therapy, please contact our friendly reception team to book an appointment.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on a trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. It is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma.
What can EMDR therapy be used to treat?
EMDR can be used to treat:
• Panic attacks
• Personality disorders
• Complicated grief
• Dissociative disorders
• Pain disorders
• Body dysmorphic disorders
• Eating disorders
• Sexual or Physical abuse
• Performance anxiety
• Stress reduction
• Disturbing memories
How does EMDR therapy work?
The mind has an ability to repair itself and heal. Much of our processing
occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. After trauma, however, this
processing can be interrupted and the memory can become stuck.
In EMDR, the client is asked to pick a memory or issue that you would like to
resolve. Clients are asked to bring to mind the memory or issue and what this
memory or issue might make them feel or think about themselves, and how
they would like to think or feel about themselves in the future. The EMDR
therapist will then use bilateral stimulation, usually by moving their fingers
left to right in front of the client and which the client follows with their eyes
(which simulates the processing that occurs in the brain during REM sleep).
During this processing, the client is awake and able to stop the process at any
point they wish. EMDR does not require you to re-live or re-tell all of the
details of your trauma.
EMDR can be done on an image of a trauma, or a
feeling related to a trauma, or a thought about a trauma rather than a full
exploration of the traumatic event. This can help clients feel more able to
engage in EMDR therapy to help them process their trauma.
What is the evidence for EMDR?
EMDR is one of the most researched therapeutic approaches for PTSD. The
Australian Psychological Society (APS) has listed EMDR as a level 1 treatment
for PTSD for both young people and adults, the highest rating that can be
given to a specific therapeutic approach.
EMDR is an approved therapy under
Better Access Medicare Program.
This is a short video from the EMDR Association of Australia which provides further information about EMDR which you might find helpful. To learn more about the EMDRAA, you can visit their website here
Make an appointment
To book an appointment with one of our psychologists, please contact our friendly reception team who will be able to assist you.