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What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a new evidenced-based psychotherapy treatment focused on healing emotional distress that has transpired due to disturbing life experiences, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  

EMDR therapy has been recognised by the World Health Organisation and American Psychiatric Association as an effective form of Trauma therapy.


EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain, and views emotional trauma in the same vein as physical trauma. If we become impaled with a foreign object and we fail to tend to the wound, it festers and causes us pain. Physical healing can only begin when the foreign object is removed. EMDR therapy views emotional trauma in the same way, in order to allow our minds to heal, we must first remove the block or impact of the “distressing event”.  


What to expect from EMDR Therapy?

The goal of therapy is to weaken the effect of negative emotions linked to traumatic experiences and shift the focus to more pleasant thoughts. Unlike traditional treatment therapy, EMDR does not require talk therapy, completing homework between sessions or changing thoughts emotions or behaviour, but rather allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.


Therapy is carried out over eight phases, with each session lasting up to 90 minutes. A minimum of 12 therapy sessions is required. Although EMDR research has focused on individuals with PTSD, it has also been found to be effective in treating:

1. Panic Attacks

2. Eating Disorders

3. Addictions 

4. Certain anxiety presentations


Further information about EMDR can be found at:


If you would you like to talk to us more about EMDR Therapy and whether this approach fits you, please contact us on 9555 4810 or email us at

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