Russell Brand talks EMDR

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EMDR Flash Technique and Dyadic Resourcing

EMDR Flash Technique Works to Resolve Trauma MemoriesA new EMDR-related treatment known as the ‘Flash Technique’, developed by Philip Manfield, is causing quite a stir in EMDR circles, because it seems to work so effectively and is such a simple treatment to deliver.  It does not require the subject to be focusing on their trauma memory in order to work, so it is also better tolerated by clients than ‘traditional’ EMDR.  This in turn means that severely traumatic memories can be defused to some extent, with very little discomfort for the client,  preparing the client for later administration of the full EMDR treatment.

The Flash Technique is a very fast and effective in reducing the subjective distress caused by a trauma memory, although not all target memories will be suitable for this approach.  It works best with specific, isolated bad memories, rather than complex and interwoven trauma memories.   Check out the videos on the right-hand side of Philip Manfield’s website for examples of this treatment.

I recently completed some training with Graham Taylor, head of the EMDR Association of Australia, in use of the Flash Technique. Early trials with several of my clients have produced extremely positive results, with the trauma memories becoming less intrusive and disturbing within just a few minutes of the Flash Technique treatment.  Client ratings of distress associated with the trauma memories reduced in most cases by 5 to 6 points (on a 10-point scale), which I am sure you would agree is quite remarkable.

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7 Ways to Be Awe-Inspired in Daily Life [Psychology Today]


An excellent article on the mental and physical benefits of experiencing the feeling of awe on a regular basis… the following link will open the article in a new window (Psychology Today website).

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Medicare rebates for Telehealth Psychology Services

In 2017, the Federal Government approved Medicare rebates for Telehealth psychology services for people living in rural and regional areas, specifically those defined by the Modified Monash Model Areas 4 to 7.  In the Newcastle area, this meant people living in places such as Nelson Bay, Tea Gardens, Singleton, and Dungog, could access Telehealth services.  But there was a ‘gotcha’ in the deal – 3 out of 10 sessions in a calendar year had to be conducted face-to-face, including the first session.   This is undoubtedly the best way to manage Telehealth services where possible – but in response the the drought and the mental health impacts this is having on Australians living in remote communities, the government has now abolished the requirement that *any* sessions be conducted face-to-face.  The entire process can be managed online.  Please note Medicare rebates apply for videoconferencing services only. Phone conferencing is not included.

What you will need: 

  • A valid Mental Health Plan from your GP (if you want to claim the Medicare rebate).
  • A computer, phone, or tablet with videocam and microphone.
  • A decent internet connection (NBN or ADSL2+ recommended).
  • A printer and scanner so you can scan, sign and return documents as needed.

If you are interested in using Telehealth please send a message via the contact page and we can arrange an initial short session to test the technology works, get some paperwork sorted, and to schedule one or more future sessions.  Please note that Telehealth may not be suitable for every individual – suitability will depend on your individual circumstances and presenting issues.

Please note:  We are currently using the ConnectMe platform, which is an Australian-run highly secure video-conferencing service. There is no additional cost to you, the client, for use of that service.   Skype is not considered a secure platform and so it is not used for that reason.

More information about the Modified Monash Model (check if you are in Areas 4 to 7):

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Mental Health at Work – Advice for Employers and Employees

Managing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace.

Some good tips today on the ABC website around managing mental health issues in the workplace.  You don’t need to be a trained professional to make a difference.

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Medicare-funded services for nursing home residents

Hunter Valley Psychology provides Medicare-rebated psychological services for nursing home residents in Stockton.  All you require is a Mental Health Plan from a GP.  Total gap payment amount is just $44 per visit.  We can process credit-card payments onsite.

EMDR Explained

In this Youtube video, Australian psychologist James Alexander provides a very thorough explanation of Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, the origins of PTSD and Trauma, and how and why EMDR is such an effective treatment for trauma and other maladaptive learning experiences.  This is Part 1 of a series.  If you are interested in EMDR, I would strongly encourage you to watch these videos.

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