Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

is a powerful and highly effective in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as trauma, psychological conditions and different types of psychological distress.

Trauma could be anything that negatively impacts the you and deters from health development, the event that is experienced as traumatic by the individual remains and continues to affect the individual’s functioning. When a traumatic event occurs, the individual continues through life with symptoms that impact daily life.

EMDR Therapy is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours are the result of unprocessed memories.

These memories could be the result of stressful or traumatic life events. EMDR Therapy is a structured treatment that involves focusing simultaneously on a) an upsetting issue or traumatic memory and its associated thoughts, feelings and sensations, and b) bilateral stimulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye movements. Once traumatic and negative memories have been desensitized and reprocessed, they no longer have the same negative impact. Memories typically become less vivid and upsetting, intrusive symptoms such as distressing thoughts or memories, flashbacks or nighmares reduce or cease, and more adaptive beliefs emerge

How effective is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR Therapy is one of the most well researched trauma treatment models and has been shown to be effective in over 25 scientific studies and numerous independent reviews.

It is endorsed by:


The World Health Organisation (2013)


The Australian Psychological Society (2010)


The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2009)


American Psychiatric Association (2004)

EMDR has been an approved Focussed Psychological Strategy attracting medicare rebates.

What EMDR can help with

EMDR has been successfully used as a treatment component in the management of a range of things such as:



Panic Attacks

Performance Anxiety



Sexual or Physical Abuse

Stress Reduction

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