Unprocessed memories from painful and traumatic events can continue to have a significant negative impact on a person's ability to regulate their emotions, function at work/school and manage relationships.
EMDR therapy is an effective and evidence-based psychotherapy endorsed by World Health Organisation, Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and Medicare Australia for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety, panic attacks, depression, phobias, insomnia, complex grief reactions, addictions, chronic pain, self-esteem, performance anxiety and relational issues.
EMDR therapy explores how the past is driving your present behaviours and perpetuating your current challenges. EMDR utilises the natural healing ability of your body and mind to accelerate the resolution of the impact of the adverse life experiences on your current functioning bringing about positive changes in your perspectives, emotional health and relationships.
Click on the video to learn more about how EMDR therapy can help you. Visit EMDR Association of Australia website at www.emdraa.org for more information.
Clients often present in therapy with depressive and anxiety symptoms when confronted with difficult life circumstances, feeling overwhelmed about lacking personal resources to navigate their challenges. Unmanaged and prolonged psychological and emotional distress can have adverse effects on a person's self-esteem, relationships, health and overall wellbeing.
Whilst personal crises can be overwhelming, with the right guidance and support from an experienced and trained therapist, they can present as invaluable opportunities and catalyst for personal exploration and growth.
Individual Therapy helps clients to explore their problems, personal beliefs, relational styles in the contexts of their attachment history and trauma experiences, identify strengths and values, establish healthy boundaries and set goals and priorities aligned with personal values to live the life they desire.
Couples Therapy helps couples to explore relationship dynamics, emotional expressions, examine attachment history and its impacts on relational styles to facilitate empathy and perspectives for each other.
Couples learn functional communication and relational skills essential for enhancing intimacy and connections.
Strong couple relationship lay the basic foundation for building healthy family relationships, critical for children to develop a strong sense of security and attachment so that they will grow into confident and caring adults, contributing to a virtuous cycle of intrapersonal and interpersonal wellness for generations to come.
Conversely, when couples are engaging in prolonged, intense and negative interactions, children/teenagers often get caught up in the tension in the home environment, internalising the conflicts as their personal failures and making decisions in early in young lives that they are unworthy, unlovable and that the world is not a safe place to be part of, predisposing them to chronic mental health issues in adulthood.
Family Therapy provides a reflective platform for family members to communicate their thoughts and emotions, see things from each other's perspectives, identify personal and collective strengths and goals, resolve conflicts and improve emotional connections.
Family Therapy seeks to highlight, harness and empower families to tap into their resources and resilience to resolve their challenges and to create a more functional home environment where every member can thrive.
Magdalen's professional journey as a mental health clinician started in 1992. Over the last 28 years, she has trained and worked in clinical, management and teaching roles at varied settings in health, mental health, educational and community settings across Singapore, Australia, the UK and New Zealand.
Her training have included:
She is available for clinical supervision to counselling trainees, mental health, community health or health professionals wishing to further develop their clinical skills to enhance their competency in working with individuals, families and couples in their work settings.
She provides consultation to organisations wishing to enhance their skills and efficacy providing culturally sensitive services for the Chinese and Asian communities.
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