Types of Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapists in Melbourne

Are you seeking a psychologist in Melbourne trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)? EMDR is one of the treatment approaches used by our Melbourne psychologists to treat conditions such as PTSD and trauma. We have complied some information below so you can learn more about this approach.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy that has gained widespread recognition over the past few decades for its ability to help individuals heal from traumatic experiences. EMDR therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s and is now recognized as an evidence-based treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

The process of EMDR involves the use of specific eye movements, along with other forms of bilateral stimulation, such as tapping or auditory signals, to help individuals process traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that traumatic experiences can become “stuck” in the brain, preventing the individual from processing and integrating the experience in a healthy way. By using bilateral stimulation, EMDR aims to help the brain reprocess the traumatic memory, allowing the individual to move forward and heal.

During an EMDR session, the therapist will guide the individual through a series of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation while asking them to recall the traumatic memory. The therapist may also ask the individual to focus on negative self-beliefs associated with the memory, such as “I am not safe” or “I am not worthy”. As the individual moves through the EMDR process, they may begin to experience a reduction in the intensity of the traumatic memory and associated negative beliefs.

EMDR is a unique form of therapy that can be highly effective for individuals who have experienced trauma. However, it is important to note that EMDR may not be suitable for everyone and should only be administered by a trained mental health professional. If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma, it may be worth exploring EMDR as a potential treatment option.

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