Treating PTSD with EMDR

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Episode 111 – Treating PTSD with EMDR

Following on from the previous episode on treating trauma exposure therapy, Chris and Rowan discuss another therapy tool for treating trauma, EMDR.
EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) can help create profound, transformative change for those who’ve experienced trauma and are still dealing with its impact.
In this episode, we discuss how EMDR has helped many of Chris’s clients better integrate their traumatic experiences to the point that around 50% of people would not change the trauma event itself because of the profound post-traumatic growth that EMDR can help them attain.

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This Week’s Links


Addressing Trauma Memories with Exposure Therapy – Episode 110 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings and an Introduction to this episode

Transcending Trauma – Episode 8 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Demystifying Dissociation – Episode 9 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Depersonalisation in Panic Attacks – Episode 42 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Dealing with the Disruption of Depersonalisation – Episode 43 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Demystifying DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) – Episode 44 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings

Overcoming Pain with Mark Grant – Episode 53 of Psych Spiels and Silver Linings


Bilateral Stimulation Video Demonstration


Clinical Handout on Exposure-based Therapy

Dealing with Dissociative Symptoms

Addressing Avoidant Tendencies

After Witnessing a Traumatic Event

Depersonalisation in Panic Attacks

Depersonalisation and Dissociative Disorders


The Presenters

Rowan Mackey is a content producer and digital creative. After studying sports media and law at the University of Canberra, he found himself drawn to digital media after attending the first conference for podcasters in the southern hemisphere, We Are Podcast in 2016. He is also the principal of Easygoing Digital, where he has been involved in over 1,000,000 podcast downloads as a presenter and producer.

He spent five years producing the official Geelong Cats AFL and AFLW podcasts and is a producer of the TV show Destination Happiness airing nationally in Australia on Channel 9 and Internationally with the Discovery Channel. He has also worked with notable organisations such as The Geelong Grammar School and Lifeline.

Rowan is the Digital Media Manager at Chris Mackey and Associates.

Chris Mackey is a clinical and counselling psychologist and Fellow of The Australian Psychological Society with 40 years of psychotherapy experience. The second edition of Chris’s book, The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence, was released internationally in August 2019.

Chris is also the resident psychologist for TV show Destination Happiness, where he presents the “Happy Mind” segment, involving brief tips based on the science of positive psychology. He also writes a regular opinion column for The Geelong Advertiser and is the resident psychologist on K-Rock radio in the mornings.

Chris was the recipient of the 2019 Australian Allied Health Impact Award for his clinical research and training, media involvement and for authoring a book on positive psychology and synchronicity.

Get in touch with Chris and Rowan – [email protected]

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