Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy is a form of psychotherapy designed to aid individuals in healing from the symptoms and emotional turmoil stemming from distressing life events.  

Numerous research studies have demonstrated that EMDR therapy can yield therapeutic benefits typically associated with psychotherapy, but in a shorter timeframe. Traditionally, it’s been believed that severe emotional distress necessitates prolonged treatment. However, over 30 controlled outcome studies have provided evidence supporting the effectiveness of EMDR therapy.  

These studies indicate that a significant percentage of individuals – ranging from 84% to 90% – who have experienced a single traumatic event no longer exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after undergoing just three 90-minute sessions of EMDR therapy. 

EMDR has been widely researched and found effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related disorders. It’s also used to address a range of other mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, phobias, and grief. Moreover, EMDR therapy can be integrated with other therapeutic modalities to enhance its effectiveness.   

The core technique of EMDR involves the therapist guiding the client through sets of bilateral stimulation, typically through horizontal eye movements, but also tapping or auditory cues. This bilateral stimulation is thought to engage the brain’s natural processing mechanisms, allowing traumatic memories to be reprocessed in a more adaptive and less distressing manner.   

Seeking EMDR therapy services in Perth? At Reach Life, we aim to guide you through the process of EMDR with as much support as you need. Our team of compassionate therapists, including Tania, Cat, Tahnee, Naomi, and Surita are here to provide you with the personalised support you need as you embark on this healing process. 

For PTSD, you may be able to jump into EMDR quite quickly and resolve your issues within a few sessions. However, for Complex Trauma, you may need to work with another type of therapy prior to EMDR to build up resources and skills first.   

Curious to learn more? Head to EMDR Institute resources or download this info sheet  for detailed information. 

If you are seeking EMDR sessions, we are here to support you as you embark on your EMDR therapy journey in Perth. Book a session with one of our EMDR psychologists in Perth.  

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