EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy)

What is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a recognised psychotherapy approach, with a focus on resolving unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts or behaviours. It allows the brain to resume to it’s natural healing process.

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At Mima Counselling Services, Nerida is trained in EMDR and is ready to help you.

During treatment therapy, Nerida aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen useful and positive ways of thinking related to past events. Nerida safety guides you to identify when you began feeling these symptoms of distress and memories associated with the feelings. She then begins eye movements or other bilateral stimulation, which is effective in helping process the troubling memory. This results in a positive resolution and leaving clients feeling they can talk about their memory without distress.

The treatment process is individually tailored, gentle and trauma informed. It follows standardised procedures focusing on client history, treatment planning, preparation and assessment, desensitisation, installation, body scan, closure, and re-evaluation.

Advantages of EMDR Therapy

  • Can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies
  • Does not require talking in detail about the distressing event/trauma
  • No direct exposure to traumatic memories
  • Does not involve direct challenging of beliefs
  • No homework between sessions

Who can benefit from EMDR Therapy?

  • PTSD and other trauma and stress related issues
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias
  • Chronic illness and pain
  • Depression and bipolar disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Personality disorders
  • Sexual assault
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Violence and abuse

Nerida will explain the phases of EMDR in your first session, where she will review your history, assess where you are in the treatment process and advise how many sessions you will need.

Nerida has been trained in delivering this mode of therapy both in direct face to face EMDR sessions and via on-line telehealth EMDR sessions. You can call us to discuss which might work best for you.

For more information on EMDR or to book an appointment with Nerida, please contact us at:
admin@mimacounselling.com.au or 02 8581 4709

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