EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is an evidenced based psychological treatment that was first developed more than three decades ago. It has become a widely accepted ‘gold-standard’ treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as increasingly used because of its effectiveness in treating a wide variety of other psychological conditions such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • sexual, physical or emotional trauma
  • addictive behaviours
  • complicated grief
  • chronic pain
  • body dysmorphic disorders
  • eating disorders
  • obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours
  • performance anxiety
  • stress reduction
  • phobias

EMDR treatment helps you break through the emotional blocks that are keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life. It uses rapid sets of eye movements (or other forms of bilateral brain stimulation such as alternating audio signals) to help you process disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. This bilateral stimulation process helps you update your disturbing memories to be less emotive and therefore more adaptive. You will still be able to recall that an incident happened, but it no longer feels upsetting.

EMDR is an approved Medicare Focussed Psychological Therapy and is partly funded by Medicare rebates. Our practitioners at Peyton Psychology have specialised training in EMDR. To find out more, call our practice manager on 03 9723 3339.

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