Eye Movement Desensitisation Resensitisation – EMDR for TRAUMA


Posted by Dr.Hughes in the Creative Community category on 23-04-2013

Dr Simone Hughes is happy to provide a new therapy for people who present with trauma (simple and complex). Eye Movement Desensitisation Resensitisation (EMDR) is regarded as the gold-standard treatment for trauma. Further details of this exciting intervention provided courtesy of Therapist Training, are provided here for your interest.


The focus of EMDR treatment is the resolution of emotional distress arising from incidents such as automobile accidents, assault, natural disasters, and combat trauma. In addition to PTSD, it is also being used as a treatment for disorders where earlier emotionally traumatic experiences are etiologically related to the person’s current distress. Hence it can be used as a component in the treatment of phobias, panic attacks, depression, substance abuse, complicated grief and personality disorder. EMDR works more rapidly and is less distressing to patients compared with exposure based therapy.

The scientific evidence supporting EMDR as a treatment for traumatic memories is now substantial. A recent Cochrane review (2009) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2009) confirmed EMDR meets criteria for evidence based practice. The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health endorsed EMDR and trauma focused CBT. Other organisations have also examined EMDR and found that the evidence supporting its efficacy in treating PTSD is at the highest level including the Israeli Council for Mental Health, the Dutch National Steering Committee for Guidelines for Mental Health Care, the Northern Ireland Department of Health, and the United Kingdom Department of Health, the American Psychological Association, the Australian Psychological Society and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

If you would like to consider the benefits of EMDR or learn more about it in the context of your presentation (for trauma, phobias, mood dysfunction), please speak with Dr Hughes at simone@creativefocus.net.au