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EMDR & Brainspotting Therapies

EMDR currently only available in Thai.

EMDR Therapy


What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) Therapy


EMDR Therapy is a therapy that helps people heal from psychological trauma, traumatic events, both Trauma (big T) and trauma (small t), as well as distressing memories or recurring dreams. This also includes trauma that you witness or even missed as well as the impact of trauma on a loved one.

EMDR Therapy was developed in 1989 by psychologist Francine Shapiro. Her aim was to help her clients to process distressing memories or traumatic events from the past that still disturbed their present and help the brain resume its natural healing process. Following EMDR Therapy the clients can still access the memory of the Trauma while the negative effect diminished or may even be resolved.


How does EMDR therapy work?

EMDR therapy has the following step:

  • The therapist assesses your readiness and develops a treatment plan based on history taking. 
  • The therapist will demonstrate to you a variety of stabilization techniques you can use during and between sessions to manage your feeling.
  • During the EMDR therapy session, the therapist will instruct you to think of the targeted memory or picture as a representation of the event, related negative thoughts, new positive thoughts, and body sensations. The therapist will then use alternating stimulation of both hemispheres. This stimulation can be looking at the fingertips of the therapist or the lights bar, tapping, or alternating sounds of both earbuds. The therapist will stop at intervals to check what’s come up in your mind. While in an EMDR therapy session, your brain will release experiences that are associated with memory. Some clients may have images, sounds, emotions, and body sensations associated with the target event during the session, but it will be desensitized.
  • The therapist will support clients to understand, accept and learn from past events.

Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?

EMDR therapy can help those who have PTSD, and those who have survived acts of violence and abuse. For those who are experiencing grief and or loss, it can help those who experience anxiety, panic attacks or experience fear or have phobias, and any issue or event that causes trauma or is traumatic to see or experience.


How is EMDR different from other therapies?

EMDR therapy does not require the client to talk in detail about the distressing or traumatic issue or event that is causing the distress in their life. EMDR Therapy focuses on changing the emotion/s, thought/s, and behaviour/s resulting from the traumatic memories of events thus helping the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. In the EMDR Therapy session, the therapist will demonstrate some techniques such as Emotional Regulation techniques and Stabilization techniques in preparation. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other therapies.




What is Brainspotting and how does it work?

Brainspotting is a new form of therapy that aims to help clients process difficult emotions and or traumatic experiences. In Brainspotting, different eye positions are used to help identify “Brainspots” linked to experiences, emotions, or sources of distress. Once identified, the therapists will instruct you to look at the tip of a pointer to help you access, experience, and process the thoughts, emotions, and body sensations stored in your body with a mindfulness technique.


Who can benefit from Brainspotting?

Brainspotting was developed and designed as a trauma treatment, it can help people want support with:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Big T trauma
  • Small t trauma
  • Depression
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Fear and Phobias
  • Managing Feeling


How is Brainspotting different from EMDR?
In both Brainspotting and EMDR, the eyes are used to access the trauma and or the distressing memories. Brainspotting was developed from the EMDR model in 2003 when Dr. David Grand noticed his client’s trauma emerging when their eye position was fixed in a specific position. Curious, he looked for this pattern with other Trauma clients and found that each had a specific spot where they could fix their eyes and more easily access the traumatic memories and emotions.

Some of the key differences between brainspotting and EMDR are:

  • Brainspotting involves keeping the eye in a fixed position to focus on one spot of the brain, while EMDR involves side-to-side eye movement to stimulate both sides of the brain
  • Brainspotting is a newer therapy and has less research than EMDR to support its effectiveness, but some recent studies comparing the two showed similar rates of improvement for adults with PTSD symptoms.
  • Brainspotting therapy is new so there are not so many clinicians trained in and offering this model of therapy.
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