EMDR – Dr Terry Olesen

Dr Terry Olesen      Quals: BA, MA, PhD (Psychology), Grad Certificate Career Development (Counselling).

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing): EMDR is a proven treatment for post traumatic stress disorders (PSTD), and usually works best in conjunction with supportive counselling (therapy) and medication. When Traumatised (as by violence, sexual assault, war, car accident, etc) a person’s autonomic nervous system takes over and imprints the mind (via (Flight-Fight-Freeze). This can lead to a future of disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams as one becomes hypervigilant to even harmless situations in the present. Those suffering PTSD are at higher risk for Substance Abuse, Depression and Anxiety, as well as Suicide.

Counselling Approach: The actual procedure is for you to first build rapport with your therapist, be educated as to the process, and then allow the therapist to lead your eyes to track back and forth following the motion of the therapist’s index finger (a pass). During a pass, memories and cognitions about the event will surface in response to such motion. Both methods are good at stimulating recall but with EMDR you integrate the surfaced feelings, memories and sensations between eye-trackings. I use visual and mindfulness based exercises to help you through any incurred stress at home following a session.

Fees:  Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195/hr; Bulk billing may be available for clients with a pension/health care card, or to full-time students. Please enquire when booking or full fees will apply.

Current Availability: Usually within a week; evening appointments are also available.

Practice Location:
Suite 1, 16-18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road, Loganholme.

Appointments: To make an appointment with Dr Terry Olesen, try Online Booking – Loganholme or call M1 Psychology (Loganholme) on (07) 3067 9129.


EMDR – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR): Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy that is helpful to reduce  distress associated with disturbing memories and physical sensations. It is commonly used to treat trauma, painful memories, phobias, grief and addictions. Although the name refers to eye movements, it is effective when the therapist uses any means of stimulating both sides of the brain at once (bilateral stimulations), whether it is following a hand back and forth with your eyes, tapping your hands, or presenting tones to your ears or buzzers to your hands.

Counselling Approach: I work with people in a warm and compassionate way to help them to develop skills to manage high levels of disturbing emotions in a safe way. Once both you and I feel confident that you can handle highly distressing events, and cope with flashbacks and nightmares if you are experiencing them, then we will begin to reprocess your disturbing memories during our sessions. I use bilateral stimulation to facilitate the reprocessing, which will help your brain to process the disturbance and reduce your distress when those memories are triggered.

Dr Catherine Hynes Psychologist

Current Availability: Usually 2- 4 week waiting list.

Fees: $220 per hour (Initial appt $260).  Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422



EMDR Therapy – Ainsley Salsbury

Ainsley Salsbury       Quals: BA (Psych), PG Dip App Psych, B Bus (HRM)

EMDR Therapy: EMDR is a cognitive-behaviourally underpinned, evidence-based treatment which has well-documented successful outcomes treating PTSD, disturbing memories, phobias, somatic symptoms, substance and behavioural addictions.  EMDR therapy involves careful preparation phases to ensure that those undergoing the treatment understand and are familiar with the processes utilised, and are able to effectively tolerate any distress arising from accessing relevant troublesome memories.  EMDR then enables the person undergoing treatment to rapidly access traumatic memories and process them emotionally and cognitively towards resolution – effectively allowing clients to ‘shed’ outdated modes of coping or responding which have been locked in their bodies and memory system.

After successful treatment with EMDR, emotional distress is relieved, negative self beliefs are reformulated into healthy and adaptive self-statments , and physiological arousal associated with stress is reduced.  Successful treatment allows the person to live engaged in the present rather than ‘haunted’, distracted or hijacked by past events.

As the name of the therapy suggests, eye movements form part of the mechanism for assisting natural brain-based systems to digest and neutralise disturbance.  Other forms of encouraging the brain to process information in this way may include other forms of bi-lateral (ie side to side) stimulation such as sounds or tapping.

Counselling Approach: Ainsley’s approach is very down to earth, collaborative, structured, integrative and supported.  She aims to support her clients to understand their psychological experience in a manner which is factual, informational, relatable and perspective enabling.   She is always very thorough in ensuring that her clients are sufficiently well resourced, supported and informed throughout any trauma based work to ensure that this difficult work for clients is productive and facilitative of forward momentum towards healing.

Ainsley Salsbury psychologist BrisbaneCurrent Availability: Usually within one week.

Fees: Sliding Scale depending on circumstances, usually $195 hr and $240 initial appt.

Practice Location:  1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Phone: 1800 877 924 or book Ainsley Salsbury online!

Website: www.ainsleysalsbury.com