EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy is a psychotherapy approach which has been extensively researched and proven effective in the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a psychological intervention that provides swift relief from emotional distress attached to memories.
EMDR Successfully Addresses a Variety of Conditions
Scientific studies have established that EMDR therapy is effective in treating post-traumatic stress. Recently, psychologists have also reported success in treating panic attacks, dissociative disorders, phobias, addictions and abuse.
When you become intensely upset, your brain cannot process information normally. This results in creating a memory frozen in time. This recollection is a tactile memory which causes you the same pain you experienced when the incident initially occurred.
EMDR psychology available in Sydney from The Bondi Psychologist aims to disarm the memory. The process used to treat you is similar to the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) part of sleep. During EMDR therapy your memory is stripped of the smells, sounds, tastes and feelings. Your initial memory is like a ten-foot brick wall which your brain process cannot get over nor around. After a successful EMDR session, this wall starts coming apart. Eventually, you can recall the incident, but it no longer has power over you, and your brain can resume normal functionality around that specific memory. It becomes a mere fact and not a negative experience you continually relive.
What Can You Expect from an EMDR Session in Sydney?
There are eight phases to EMDR treatment. Some of these phases can take more than one session. The first phase is one that can extend over a few visits to your psychologist. In this phase, we’ll spend some time on your history. The therapist will meticulously delve into your specific problem. We’ll then recommend a treatment plan for you and explain how your EMDR sessions will progress.
During the second phase, which could last as long as four sessions, you will be taught techniques to deal with emotional disturbances you may experience during treatment. It is imperative that you be honest during this process, as misinformation will not guide your therapist correctly.
Phases three and four focus on each area you and your therapist have identified as most salient to you. In these phases, which can take three or four sessions to complete, you will process and focus on desensitising your responses to your traumatic memory.
During the next three phases, you will instil the techniques you have been taught, and your psychologist will evaluate you for physical signs of residual tension. You are then guided to find closure.
Trust Us with Your Innermost Emotions
We understand that it is difficult for you to entrust your feelings to a stranger. Yet, here at The Bondi Psychologist, we create a haven where you can address that which you have kept hidden so deep within. Find out if EMDR therapy can help you by speaking with one of our trusted therapists.
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