Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Are You Struggling With
Mental and Physical Pain?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has been known to successfully treat these conditions and allow people to feel better about themselves and move on from past hurts.

WHAT IS EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)?.

EMDR is a form of therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. An EMDR session uses external stimulus such as eye movements to activate the healing capacities of our brain. Using these sensory experiences in conjunction with focusing on a traumatic memory can create changes in the brain that help clients overcome symptoms.

When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.” (EMDR.com)

How Does EMDR Work and How Effective is it?

Clients need only to share as much as they choose to.

Clients are not required to ‘relive’ their trauma by recounting past trauma in detail.  For clients  who have difficulty expressing their feelings verbally, EMDR is an alternative form of treatment.

Clients are invited to activate their natural healing processes to bring about wholeness in a person’s inner life. 

No drugs or any forms of medication. People with certain dissociative disorders and psychosis have progressed at a rate more rapid than that achieved by traditional treatment.

Clients are enabled with skills and strategies to respond to difficult triggering situations and regain control of their emotional life.

This enables a person to respond to situations calmly instead of over-reacting or with avoidance.

Certain conditions can be treated in just a few sessions with long-lasting effects of EMDR.

As clients learn to function more optimally, the distress of trauma reminders become less potent. Clients who have a history of different traumatic events, childhood neglect or maltreatment will require more sessions.

EMDR has been an extensively practiced and researched since it was first developed in 1987 for victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. It is a globally recognized therapy.

Singapore as well as various organizations throughout the world including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), recognizes EMDR as an effective form of treatment for trauma. When a person’s mental health issues has been linked to a distressing life event, EMDR can be used effectively within several sessions. http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/


 

GOOD PATHWAYS HAS PROVIDED PROFESSIONAL THERAPY SERVICES SINCE 2013 IN SINGAPORE​

Good Pathways offer a range of therapies that include EMDR, Play therapy, Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy. Good Pathways was founded in Singapore by Elaine Chua to provide professional trauma-informed therapy services. Grace Koh, play therapist and child trauma practitioner, joined in 2019.

As qualified social workers and trauma therapists, Elaine and Grace have both been involved in providing psychological first aid and trauma counselling for national crises such as the recent Covid19 pandemic.

They have provided training to community partners and social service agencies on foundations in play therapy, child-centred play therapy, trauma-informed practice, and provided parent coaching. They believe that with timely professional support, coupled with good social support, clients are able to find healing in their trauma and even experience post-traumatic growth.

Through their separate work backgrounds in the government sector, social services and private practice, both Elaine and Grace have deep experiences working with a culturally diverse range of clients across various age groups.

Elaine’s qualifications:

 
Masters in social work, trained in Play Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Attachment-Focused Family Therapy.

Grace’s qualifications:

 
Certified Play Therapist, Bachelor (Honours) in Social work, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Certificate in Trauma Studies (Justice Resource Institute)

client testimonials

“One marked change was the success she had in making more friends and the ability to discern a bad friendship and walk away from it. Another key change was how she was open to speaking up and doing things outside her comfort zone. When she didn’t get her CCA of choice, she not only spoke to the band teacher and asked whether she could pick her instrument of choice but also attended lessons under a new coach. These changes are reflected in a better adjusted and happier girl.”

- Margy (mother) on how EMDR therapy helped her 14 year old daughter.

(On the difficulties faced by child) “My child’s night terrors and fear of scary advertisements and images which resulted in melt-downs, sleepless nights and night mares. Even talking rationally with my child did not help because she was still fearful.

(On the changes parents noticed in the child) “The recovery from her meltdown is much shorter than before. For the last few months there have been no recurrence. Our last experience is that she still has a meltdown from time to time but she recovers much faster. She may cry for a night or whine about it but she does not have a total breakdown. In addition, in the past she was very afraid of heights but after therapy there’s tremendous growth in being more adventurous. She has tried new things like the iFLY and roller coasters. Now she cannot get enough of these thrills…She was also afraid of the dark before, and she would have a meltdown when asked to try something new. Now, she can tolerate darkness and has enjoys the Escape Room which was dark and scary.”

“Being new to therapy, we had very little understanding and knowledge of this area. As such, we were very result-oriented. The first few sessions we were concerned when we did not see immediate results but when the results did kick in, we were assured.”

- Lois (mother) on how EMDR therapy helped her 10 year old daughter.

“ At the start of the therapy, I like how Elaine had supported me in my experience in my struggles. The empathy and positive regard, non-blaming stance helped me to be myself and openly share without the fear of being judged. As we move into EMDR, it becomes more focus. While I was at first not comfortable with the change of stance, I adapted quite quickly. And I found the strategies helpful in managing my anxiety and unpleasant feelings.”

- Rita on how EMDR therapy helped with anxiety.

FIND OUT HOW THE TRAINED THERAPISTS AT GOOD PATHWAYS CAN HELP YOU TODAY​

During this time of Covid19, we at Good Pathways understand that people are going through especially trying times. We are offering a special EMDR pre-therapy service worth $225 for the months of August – September 2020 (for first 10 clients):

  1. 1 complimentary phone consultation worth up to $75
  2. A further complimentary assessment via Zoom worth up to $150

Call us now for a no-obligations chat +6587549144