Heard of EMDR (eye movement, desensitisation and reprocessing)? Wondered if it could work for you?
Then take a look at the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to any of them, you may find that EMDR therapy could be of benefit.
- Does your past prevent you from living in the present?
- Are daily stresses reminding you of the past?
- Do you feel like you are ‘getting by’ on auto-pilot?
- Are you stuck in a rut?
- Are your memories always with you?
- Do you struggle to remember the past?
What is EMDR Therapy used for?
EMDR therapy was originally recommended to help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and childhood trauma experiences. It works to resolve difficult memories, by releasing physical sensations, thought and feelings, and is recognised by the World Health Organisation as being a highly effective treatment for sufferers of trauma. EMDR therapy can be tailored to process the past events and present triggers that are related to your current problems.
However, research is continuing to support its use for a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, phobias, sleeplessness, depression, panic, addictions and grief.
You can find out more about EMDR therapy, and what it is used for, in my other articles available on this website (just click on the title to be taken to the page):
- EMDR Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Frequently Asked Questions about EMDR Therapy
- Preparing for EMDR
- What is EMDR?
Other sources of useful information include:
- Websites EMDRAA (who set the guidelines for EMDR therapists in Australia); and emdr.com (EMDR institute).
- The book Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy by Francine Shapiro (2012) – you may find some of your problems are covered in the described cases.
Or you could take the next step, by either booking for a free emotional health checkup to seek further clarification about EMDR and its appropriateness for you and your circumstances – or make an appointment with me, so you can find out what experience I have had with using EMDR with your particular problem.
Author: Sarah Miller, B Sc Hons (Psych), M Sc, (Forensic Psych).
Brisbane Psychologist Sarah Miller has a special interest in trauma therapy, and is currently investigating the gender differences in trauma and harmful behaviours as part of her PhD. She is experienced in utilising a number of therapies – including EMDR – which are backed up by strong scientific support.
You can book Brisbane Psychologist Sarah Miller online, or call Vision Psychology Mt Gravatt on (07) 3088 5422.