EMDR Therapy & Treatment

Since 1989 psychologists at Brisbane Counselling Centre have been helping people throughout Queensland treat trauma, anxiety disorders, stress and depression using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).

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Psychologists at Brisbane Counselling Centre have been helping people throughout Queensland treat trauma, anxiety disorders, stress, and depression for over 35 years using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). For the past 18 years, attending psychologists have been using a particular type of EMDR, integrating other evidence-based treatment approaches, which has proven to be the most effective form for producing consistently better outcomes for clients who have experienced traumatic events or physical trauma. EMDR can be offered on-line, making it accessible to people throughout Australia, as well as Internationally.

EMDR is fully endorsed by the Australian Psychological Society and recognised Internationally as an effective form of treatment for trauma-related psychological injuries and has helped many people throughout the world regain control of their mental healing process.

What is EMDR therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach and is widely used by psychologists and counsellors at Brisbane Counselling Centre, both in-person and on-line. This highly effective therapeutic modality helps individuals overcome trauma-related issues, anxiety, and other emotional challenges. It involves stimulating the brain through the bilateral stimulation of eye movements, sounds, or taps while clients focus on distressing memories.

This evidence-based technique helps reprocess traumatic memories, reducing their impact and assists clients to restructure how they view the memories, as well as develop healthier coping mechanisms. It is one of the treatment options most attending psychologists provide, and in the initial session, your psychologist will assess if EMDR is suitable for you and what is impacting on the quality of your life. If so, the psychologist will talk to you in more detail about the therapy.

How does EMDR therapy work?

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, emotions and memories elicit. Just as you would heal from a physical injury, EMDR helps you to activate your own ability to heal from the mental trauma you have experienced.

EMDR makes use of eye movement treatment, which helps with psychological trauma by bringing internal associations with the traumatic event to the front of the mind. From there, those associations can be changed, allowing the healing process to begin.

This approach fosters a strong therapeutic relationship and focuses on individual client experiences, including past memories and physical sensations.

The psychologists attending the centre are trained in evidence-based methods, recognised by the EMDR International Association. The psychologists offer therapy that’s shaped around the individual’s life experiences, symptoms and emotional distress, ensuring a safe environment for recovery for those who have had a traumatic experience or suffer from panic attacks or other related experiences.

What is EMDR therapy used for?

EMDR is considered to be one of the leading strategies for treating trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Complex PTSD. EMDR is also increasingly being integrated into other evidence-based therapeutic approaches targeting a diverse variety of presenting issues. Whilst traditionally EMDR has been utilised for the treatment of PTSD and C-PTSD, it is highly effective for treating a broad range of psychological challenges that impact on an individual’s mental health. Other conditions EMDR is highly effective at treating include generalised anxiety disorder, depression, addictions, panic disorder, phobias and social anxiety, performance issues – like public speaking and challenges with sexual intimacy.

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If you think that you or someone you know could benefit from EMDR, then please give us a call on 07 3831 4452. Our receptionists are very kind and friendly and are always keen to assist with any questions you may have.

We look forward to being of help!