Psychologists at Brisbane Counselling Centre have been helping people throughout Queensland for over 25 years using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). For the past 20 years, however, our psychologists have been using a particular type of EMDR that has proven for us to be the most effective form for producing consistently better outcomes for our clients.

EMDR is utilised in counselling to help people work through unresolved issues that, if left untreated, can go on to develop into symptoms of stress, anxiety, post traumatic stress, or depression.

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EMDR is considered to be one of the leading strategies for treating trauma; which can be defined as a strongly negative emotional reaction to a situation or memory. Most people think of trauma as being a severe experience such as being involved in a motor vehicle accident or being held at knife point. From a psychological perspective, an example could be the feelings of embarrassment or humiliation that come from being unable to read out loud in front of the class at school or by being aggressively yelled at by a parent or partner.

Human beings “store” traumas in a particular way that makes it difficult for them to function at their optimal level. EMDR helps to work through these traumas and neutralise the emotional response that these situations and memories elicit. EMDR is a therapeutic modality in which our psychologists at Brisbane Counselling Centre specialise. It is one of the treatment options we provide and in the initial session your psychologist will assess if EMDR is suitable for your presenting issues and if so, will talk to you in more detail about the therapy.