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.