Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychological methodology that enables people to quickly process and heal from the emotional distress that lodges in their minds following traumatic incidents. Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for posttraumatic stress. Clinicians have reported successes using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
EMDR is a complex approach to psychotherapy that integrates many of the successful elements of a range of therapeutic approaches in combination with eye movements or other forms of rhythmical stimulation in ways that stimulate the brain’s information processing system. With EMDR therapy it is unnecessary to delve into decades-old psychological material, but rather, by activating the information-processing system of the brain, people can achieve their therapeutic goals at a rapid rate, with recognisable changes that don’t disappear over time.
Its speed makes EMDR particularly attractive to many clients and therapists. It has been widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR-centered therapy is proving that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body heals from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close and heal the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury prevents healing, the wound festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR-centered therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.
Currently, staff qualified to conduct EMDR includes: Ms Ho Shee Wai, Ms Jessica Lamb, Ms Geraldine Koempel, Ms Rachael Walden, and Ms Hiroko Kobayashi. Ms Geraldine Koempel is also a Consultant-in-training with the EMDRIA, she is able to offer supervision for EMDR therapists working towards certification.