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. Heidi Smith (more info) the practice manager and Daniel Lazaroo (more info) and Megan Moussa (More info) from Life Resolutions Applecross have all obtained level 2 training in EMDR from Australian Accredited bodies. They all have significant experience in helping those with trauma and anxiety issues.