Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy approach that was developed to help guide individuals through the processing and healing of traumatic experiences, specifically targeting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and various forms of emotional distress. Our clinicians undergo a specialised training in order to offer EMDR to suitable clients. It is advised to consult a trained therapist before pursuing this therapy.
Who would benefit from EMDR?
EMDR therapy is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for treating PTSD, but can also be used for anyone experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, grief, and a range of other presentations.
How does it work?
EMDR involves a structured eight-phase approach where the therapist guides clients through processing distressing memories or experiences. The key component of EMDR includes the use of bilateral stimulation through eye movements, auditory tones, or tactile sensations. Individual responses can differ, therefore it can take multiple sessions based on your response and desired outcome.
What is the goal?
The goal of EMDR is to help reduce emotional charge and help reframe beliefs and emotions surrounding the traumatic event. Over time, the distressing emotions and physical sensations associated with the traumatic memory are desensitised, and the individual can develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.