EMDR Therapy in Singapore

What Is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an extensively researched and highly effective psychotherapy technique. It is a proven method aimed at helping individuals recover from trauma and various other distressing life experiences including the following:

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic disorders

It is powerful and effective therapy and is highly recommended for successful treatment of trauma. It involves use of eye movements or other bilateral stimulation strategic approach. The process releases information trapped in the mind and body to be processed and released thereby alleviating the symptoms of distress which could range from disturbing images and body sensations, debilitating emotions to negative restrictive beliefs about self and others.

EMDR is a revolutionary therapy holding a record for being instrumental in helping clients across all age groups from various traumas such as childhood abuse, accidents, medical procedures, domestic violence, sexual abuse, assaults, war veterans, natural disasters.

Which Conditions does EMDR Therapy Treats?

This procedure has been extensively researched and is an evidence-based therapy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Apart from PTSD, EMDR can also effectively treat various psychological effects of traumas and symptoms such as-

1. Depression

2. Anxiety

3. Phobias

4. Low self-esteem creativity blocks

5. Relationship difficulties.

EMDR heals faster than the traditional therapy and clears emotional and physical blockages. Reports have also revealed that clients experienced a sense of joy, openness, and deep connection with others. EMDR can be referred to as a quantum leap in the human ability to heal trauma and maladaptive beliefs.

What is Attachment-Focused EMDR?

Attachment-focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) is client-centered technique emphasizing on a reparative therapeutic relationship. It involves use of a combination of:

(1) Resource Tapping™ (Parnell, 2008) for strengthening clients and repairing developmental deficits

(2) EMDR to process traumas

(3) Talk therapy to help integrate the information from EMDR sessions.

AF-EMDR covers the use and benefits of EMDR combined with bilateral stimulation for helping clients who respond less to traditional EMDR protocols owing to acute or chronic relational trauma and attachment deficits such as- physical or emotional neglect by caregivers, lack of safe space, childhood physical or sexual abuse, neglect, early losses, birth trauma, medical trauma, parental drug or alcohol abuse, caregiver mis attunement and secondary trauma.

Such clients often get depressed and suffer from relationship difficulties or problems at work. They don’t feel fully alive. In many cases, childhood trauma affects their sense of safety and ability to form close emotional relationships in adulthood.

By incorporating an attachment-repair orientation to all phases of EMDR work successfully helps to alleviate the symptoms.

At “Heal with Nav” we firmly believe that a good therapy is an art. Therapeutic relationship serves the foundation for clients’ relational healing to take place.

Benefits of EMDR Therapy

Some of the major benefits of EMDR therapy include:-

  • EMDR helps in addictive behaviors by stopping the urge;
  • There will be significant reduction in your fears
  • The problem that you brought to the therapy will significantly reduce;
  • Understanding and appreciating the brain’s natural ability to heal itself;
  • No flashbacks of the traumatic incident(s)
  • Erases emotion associated with the past traumatic incidents transforming them into just another memory;
  • Better health and improved energy
  • Positive impact on relationships with people
  • Achieve success in coming to terms with all parts of yourself;
  • Develop ability to draw better boundaries.

 

EMDR Therapy at Heal with Nav in Singapore

At Heal with Nav, we use brain body modalities including AF-EMDR for effective and long term healing for all varied types of mental health struggles. From depression to anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, feelings of shame, worthlessness and lack of purpose, we address all kinds of mental health struggles. Our holistic approach is targeted towards brain and body-work.

Not sure about your healing goal? Brain body modalities can help you recover in a better, faster, and more effective way than the traditional talk therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

EMDR Therapy Session typically includes use of bilateral stimulation for processing of trauma, negative unprocessed memories which interferes in one’s day to day life. Those distressing memories are healed by bringing a proper closure to those.

EMDR is not done in the first session itself. The therapist needs to know about trauma details, client’s history along with their present resources Factors like stabilization and establishment of a therapeutic relationship are taken into consideration prior to starting on with EMDR.

If it’s a single episode Trauma, it usually can be cleared in 1-2 sessions whereas Complex traumas, attachment developmental trauma requires more sessions. The time taken also depends on the medical history of the individual and present ongoing stressor. Hence, the total number of sessions taken for significant results may vary from one person to another.

EMDR therapy is usually given as the following:

  • Short focused treatment
  • Part of a longer psychotherapy program
The psychotherapist will decide on this, keeping in mind the present health condition of the client. Usually, the sessions may last anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes.