What is EMDR?
A psychological therapy for trauma. Traumatic memories are often unprocessed and stuck in the mind. They are replayed in response to various triggers about the event. EMDR uses side to side (bilateral) stimulation or eye movements, a similar mechanism to REM/dream sleep. This assists the mind to heal itself. The goal is for these memories to become ‘unstuck’ and processed, just like other less distressing memories about various experiences in our lives. We can still recall them, yet we are not greatly distressed by them. This reprocessing makes room for more helpful beliefs and emotions to emerge.
Why use it?
The benefits of EMDR have been well researched and it is short term. Benefits are seen in fewer sessions than other trauma focused therapies. It also involves less talking and going over the traumatic experiences, which many people prefer. It has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Phoenix Australia Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health and many other well-reputed international agencies.
What does it involve?
The psychologist will firstly help to determine if EMDR is suitable. Then the focus is on feeling safe and open to the process. When desensitisation begins, the person will think about the distressing memory whilst moving their eyes from side to side or using another type of side to side movement or stimulation. The therapist guides this and ensures the memories are being processed and that more healthy or helpful thoughts about the event emerge and become integrated. Sessions are usually around 1.5 hrs in length.
EMDR at CPC – Currambine
Clinical Psychologist Dr Meredith Bolland and Registered Psychologist Michelle Skor are available to provide EMDR to suitable adults and children. Michelle has extensive experience working with individuals who have been affected by trauma. This has included survivors of conflict and war and child abuse.
Intellectual Assessment at CPC – breaking out the iPads!
It has been a busy couple of months at CPC, what with preparing for the opening of our North Perth practice, and a significant increase in the quantity of assessment work the staff have been asked to perform. Psychological assessment varies widely, but fortunately the team at CPC has experience in a comprehensive range of tools.
Laura Smitham has taken on a leading role in intellectual assessment. The most widely used tests for judging the abilities of children are the Weschler series, and CPC administers the WISC, WPPSI and WAIS using the latest iPad based technology.
“I would never go back to the old paper and pencil method after using the iPads”, Laura said when asked about the transition. “Children are so much more engaged with using technology these days, that what was a chore is now almost a game for them”. The iPads mean that testing is quicker, and the level and quality of data produced is of a higher standard.
Occupational Therapists help people in their valued roles. For adults this may include work, study, leisure, parenting, domestic and self-care roles. For children it’s more about play, learning and daily routines such as mealtimes, sleeping and dressing. These activities may be affected by things such as anxiety, attention and concentration difficulties, social skills, fine motor delay or sensory processing difficulties.
At CPC Occupational Therapy can help with…
– Social and emotional skills
– Concentration and regulation (including ADHD)
– School readiness including fine motor development
– Sensory processing
– Supporting your child’s development
– Attention and concentration
– Mealtimes and other daily routines
– Behaviour management
– Anxiety and stress management
– Lifestyle balance
– Goal setting and motivation
– Self-confidence and Self-esteem
Our occupational therapist is Mrs Trina MacAdam. Trina works with children, their parents and adults.
Please contact our reception staff to book an appointment for yourself or your child or to speak to Trina for more information. You can also read much more about Trina and her services here: