Eye-movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) therapists Perth

What is Eye-Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy (EMDR)?

EMDR is a psychotherapy technique that is very successful in helping those with anxiety, trauma, panic, disturbing memories, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress or other issues overcome their emotional distress.


What are the goals of EMDR?

EMDR helps you relieve distress, reformulate negative beliefs and reduce your anxiety response. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process completely the experiences that are causing problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health.


Are your psychologists trained in EMDR?

At Aresolution a number of our psychologists are trained in EMDR. Heidi Smith has attained level 2 training as well as Megan Moussa and Daniel Lazaroo (from Life Resolutions Applecross).

Is EMDR effective?

EMDR can bring quick and lasting relief for many types of emotional distress. Through EMDR you identify the images, thoughts and or feelings that bring discomfort and sit with them as you do a series of eye movements to help reprocess them.


Extensive scientific research has demonstrated that EMDR is an effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Many studies have been done on EMDR. One study found that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have PTSD after only three 90-minute sessions. Another study found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions.


What happens in EMDR?

Phase 1: History and Treatment Planning

Generally takes 1-2 sessions at the beginning of therapy, and can continue throughout the therapy, especially if new problems are revealed.

Phase 2: Preparation

For most clients this will take between 1-4 sessions. For others, with a significant trauma background, or with certain diagnoses, a longer time may be necessary.

Phase 3: Assessment

Used to identify and define each memory target in a structured way so it can be effectively processed.

Phase 4: Desensitization

In this stage disturbing emotions and sensations and memories associated with the targeted event are processed and resolved. Other memories, insights and associations may arise and it give you the opportunity to identify and resolve similar events that may have occured and are associated with the target event.

Phase 5: Installation

In this stage we focus on and increase the strength of a positive belief that you have identified to replace your original negative belief.

Phase 6: Body scan

In this stage you go back to the target event and notice if you still feel residual tension in your body. If they are present these are targeted for processing.

Phase 7: Closure

At the end of every session your therapist helps you close it. If the processing of an event is not complete in one session, we will assist you with self-calming techniques to help you until the next session.

Phase 8: Reevaluation

At the beginning of each subsequent session your therapist check to see how the processing has been maintained, identifies any new areas that need to be focused on and continues reprocessing the additional targets.

Your EMDR therapists


EMDR is a unique psychotherapy technique to help people heal emotional distress.

Katherine Shanhun

Senior Psychologist – Read More



Heidi Smith

Senior Psychologist – Read More



Megan Moosa

Senior PsychologistRead More

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