Rathi has specialist skills and experience in the successful use of EMDR for the treatment of trauma and PTSD for youth (over 15) and adults.
What can EMDR be used for?
In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), EMDR has been successfully used to treat:
anxiety and panic attacks
pain relief, phantom limb pain
self-esteem and performance anxiety
What is EMDR?
The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilising this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems.
After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist's finger movingbackwards and forwards across your visual field. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have hadduring each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.
This ABC 'All in the Mind' podcast provides a good explanation of EMDR.
Can anyone benefit from EMDR?
EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of your past traumas and allowing you to live more fully in the present. It is not, however, appropriate for everyone. The process is rapid, and any disturbing experiences, if they occur at all, last for a comparatively short period of time. A skilled EMDR therapist will be able to assess whether each client is ready for EMDR and support them through the process. They will ensure clients are aware of, and willing to experience, the potentially strong feelings and disturbing thoughts, which sometimes occur during sessions.
This explanatory article and video explains how children may benefit from EMDR.
Fees & Charges
After the initial 60-minute consultation, EMDR is best conducted over a 90 minute consultation period.
Standard EMDR consultation rates are :-
$120 for 60 minute session
$160 for 90 minute session
Costs may need to be applied if travel is required.
If I am honest, I had my doubts about if the EDMR therapy would work for me. I have struggled for years with childhood trauma, anxiety and depression. I did everything I was supposed to do; eat well, exercise, have a strong support system, take medication, socialise, self-care. I honestly believe that was all I could possibly do. Rathi introduced me to EDMR, explained what it is and went through everything. At first, it seemed impossible to be able to work through all the trauma, I found it overwhelming. Although, Rathi kept me grounded. She understood me when I felt I wasn't able to speak. She brought me back to myself. EDMR was exhausting, draining, difficult but all incredibly worth it. I don't feel burdened by the past, rather I now reflect on it and can acknowledge it, and move past it. I am so much stronger and better for being able to have this opportunity. From which, I am so grateful for Rathi.
Again, thank you so much Rathi for bringing me back to myself.
Maddi, 21 year old
Making an Appointment
Although Grafton based, I can run EMDR sessions in other locations if a minimum of four clients are booked per day and a consulting room is provided.
Telehealth sessions are possible after the initial consultation.
Currently no wait lists for new clients.
I can offer bulk billing as a Healthy Minds Contractor. Contact Healthy Minds on 1300 160 339 to organise a self-referral with me. Otherwise medicare rebates are available if you have a mental health treatment plan from your GP.