EMDR

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) relies on a client's own rapid, rhythmic eye movements, and is founded on the belief that these eye movements can weaken the intensity of emotionally charged memories. EMDR is most often used to treat PTSD or other traumas, but is also sometimes used for panic attacks, eating disorders, addictions, and anxiety. EMDR sessions can last up to 90 minutes, and usually starts with a client rating their level of distress. A therapist then typically moves their fingers in front of your face (or sometimes toe tapping or musical tones), asking you to follow along with your eyes, while you recall a traumatic event and all the sensations that come with it. You will gradually be guided by the therapist to shift thoughts from the traumatic experience to a more comforting one. The goal of EMDR is to make disturbing memories less immobilizing. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s EMDR specialists today.

Meet the specialists

I have over 10 years of experience offering EMDR in individual therapy to resolve traumatic events, work with overwhelming feelings, and clear emotional obstacles to peak performance.

— Megan Zesati, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy for the treatment of trauma. EMDR focuses on the mind-body connection and helps individuals to process through images, thoughts, emotions, and physical body sensations connected to traumatic memories. Alongside trauma, I also utilize EMDR when helping clients work through compassion fatigue, perfectionism, grief, chronic pain, performance anxiety, and OCD (alongside exposure & response prevention).

— Jaja Chen, Social Worker in Waco, TX

EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a powerful, evidence-based therapeutic tool that has been proven effective for relieving symptoms of trauma as well as other mental health issues. Unlike traditional “talk-therapy”, AF-EMDR therapy (Attachment-Focused EMDR) focuses on the client’s processing that takes place in the subconscious brain, and less about communicating in the prefrontal cortex, or conscious brain. Often, rationalization and denial get in the way, keeping clients stuck when change and healing want to occur. AF-EMDR bypasses these roadblocks, allowing access to the root cause that is keeping the client stuck and a felt sense of change and healing to emerge.

— Kevin Stolper, Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
 

Unprocessed traumatic experiences often are held in the nervous system and reinforce negative beliefs about the self. EMDR has the potential to reprocess these difficult memories and work to shift harmful beliefs. I am EMDR trained, and have had powerful results treating adults with childhood trauma through EMDR. I believe this model in combination with art therapy and transpersonal counseling can provide a very effective multimodal approach to treating trauma.

— Sarah Klein, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desentization Reprocessing. It’s a long name, but it can be a short treatment! Here’s what you need to know - the brain wants to heal itself. Sometimes it can get stuck in the healing process. EMDR helps jumpstart the healing so you no longer have to feel haunted by the past.

— Mackenzi Kingdon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

If you're skeptical about therapy, read on. You may want to try EMDR before you give up. I believe in talk therapy. But I also believe that an hour of EMDR is typically the equivalent of months of traditional therapy. It's different. Its also safe, swift, and very effective. It builds on any therapy you've already had so we won't need to reinvent the wheel. We begin with covering simple micro skills so you can start EMDR with confidence and a framework for understanding your EMDR experiences. After as few as 1 or 2 sessions, most people begin to find that their problems are no longer so hurtful. I've applied EMDR to most conditions. This includes trauma, but also developing positive strengths and mindfulness. It really helps with grief, anxiety, phobias, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, creative blocks, codependence, couples' conflict, and anger, sleep, pain, chronic illness, and stress and cravings management.

— Valerie Keim, Counselor in Pleasant Hill, CA

I am EMDR certified and have had a number of additional training's in EMDR for addiction and EMDR for attachment to round out my expertise.

— Valerie Kreger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS
 

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is an evidence-based treatment for trauma, overwhelming experiences, and anything that feels disturbing or distressing. It is an experiential method in which difficult memories are recalled while the therapist guides the client to focus on eye movements, left-right tapping, or other forms of "bilateral" (two-sided) stimulation. When EMDR is successful, distressing memories lose their charge and become part of the narrative of one's life, rather than a source of present distress. I have been trained in EMDR at levels I and II and have been practicing this modality since 2009.

— Jennifer Wohl, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

EMDR is an evidenced-based therapy that uses your own natural ability to heal! It is effective for a number of concerns and can produce quick and long-lasting results. I'm nationally certified in EMDR and my specialties include helping clients of all ages heal from childhood sexual abuse and neglect, assault, bad relationships, PTSD, dissociation, attachment issues, and trauma based on cultural identities and discrimination.

— Kaley Sinclair Jiawon, Counselor in Orlando, FL

EMDR is a healing therapy. You might be struggling in your current life, because of something that has happened to you in your past. Maybe its a break-up or death you have not been able to move on from. Maybe you've experienced trauma such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Or maybe you've endured disappointments or failures. EMDR therapy actually helps your brain to reprocess this information in such a way that it no longer holds you back. EMDR takes the power out of your past.

— Karly Hoffman King, Counselor in Montgomery, OH
 

Consistently I have found that clients have negative core beliefs--which show up as painful themes in their life. This protocol is extremely useful in rerouting your brain to find more adaptive interpretations of what happened. It is efficient and effective at treating specific traumas too.

— Jenn Kennedy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

When something bad happens in your childhood, it can get stuck in the brain. You may even notice when you think about it you can see, smell, and hear the event just like it was happening right now. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) helps transform the memory into something that does not cause distress in your current life. You will still remember the event, yet it won't feel like it's happening right now, and you won't feel the body sensations (increased heart rate, sweaty palms, fast breathing) you may have experienced previously. I am trained in Level I and II EMDR, and I am pleased to provide this service to my clients.

— Rachel Moore, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

EMDR has been found to effectively treat mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, phobias, and panic disorder. It is also a fabulous therapy for PTSD and traumas in general.

— Henry Grayson, Psychologist in New York, NY
 

I have completed the EMDRIA approved EMDR training through the Parnell Institute. This is an attachment focused EMDR and is really valuable in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and generally places where we may find ourselves "stuck" in the work together. EMDR is something that gets integrated into the other modalities I use with individuals.

— Heather Bradley, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

I was trained in EMDR in 2016 and it changed the way I do counseling. It gave a structure to trauma treatment, as well as various other mental health related struggles. It is a core approach for most of my clients.

— Jamie English, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Prairie, TX
 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy is one of the few therapies endorsed to treat trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, WorldHealth Organization, Veterans Affairs (VA), and US Depart. of Health & Human Services. Highly effective yet needs to be used appropriately and not too soon, with complex- and early-traumas. Somatic interventions are gentle, yet powerful and can be combined with or without EMDR. Utilizing felt sense, movements, nervous system, embodiment, and energy systems to heal Body - Mind -Heart.

— Stacy Ruse, Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. This technique has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems.

— Livewell Behavioral Health, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fresno, CA
 

I have received training and completed consultation hours to practice EMDR therapy

— Melissa Webb, Counselor in St. Louis, MO
 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based treatment for trauma. Many of the symptoms related to stress, anxiety, and depression that lead individuals to seek therapy are due to developmental, physical or emotional trauma. Even if you have been fortunate enough to avoid suffering any big traumatic events, everyone has had an experience of overwhelm, and trauma is simply an experience of overwhelm that is beyond ones capacity to adapt effectively. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (side to side eye movement, tapping, vibration and/or sound), which has proven effective in reducing the charge of painful memories and triggering events. EMDR enhances the flow of information between the Brainstem, Limbic Regions and Neocortex, and supports integration between the left and right hemispheres. My goal as an EMDR and Somatic Psychotherapist is to provide you with tools and experiences to create a more integrated life of internal and interpersonal health and wellbeing.

— Erika Shershun, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy more and more people are requesting. I took my training through an EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association) which is the governing board to ensure clinicians are doing the therapy correctly and staying true to following the structure in which it was created for. EMDR can help folks with a variety of struggles such as PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder, anxiety, specific phobias, urges, eating disorders and addictions. I personally have used EMDR and that is what encouraged me to seek training to help my clients seek relief that is typically quicker than traditional talk therapy. Before we get into EMDR, I like to educate my clients on the process and what sessions will look like moving forward.

— Erica Faulhaber, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO

Have completed training through the EMDR institute, Inc. and am in training for Attachment-Focused EMDR therapy. I apply all appropriate stages of EMDR based on clients’ unique needs.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA
 

EMDR has been proven to be helpful in many different types of cases to help free you from the negative emotions and belief that have held you captive for some times many many years. The brain has a natural capacity to heal and using EMDR stimulates the self-healing process to allow memories that have been stuck to integrate and no longer be triggered.

— Jessica Stebbins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Merritt Island, FL

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a well-researched, well-established form of therapy that is based on the knowledge that trauma and negative beliefs are stored in the brain and body in a different way than regular memories or thoughts. Regular “talk therapy” can only go so far to release and heal traumatic memories and deep-rooted negative beliefs, and that is where EMDR comes in. Research has shown EMDR be helpful for trauma, depression, phobias, and body image difficulties. In addition to utilizing EMDR with many of my own clients, I have also seen individuals for EMDR therapy as an adjunct to talk therapy with another therapist, and am happy to chat with you more about this option if you are currently seeing another therapist.

— Kristi Hall, Counselor in Saint Paul, MN
 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies. The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.

— Kimberly Krueger MSW, LCSW, Counselor in Davidson, NC

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. At Livewell we are trained and certified in using this therapeutic approach to help people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems.

— Livewell Behavioral Health, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fresno, CA
 

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This therapy is highly effective in alleviating the distress related to trauma.

— Jamie Del, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bridgeville, PA

I utilize attachment focused EMDR and work with relational wounds and healing them.

— SC (Stacy-Colleen) Nameth, Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

Completed EMDRIA approved training through EMDR Institute and Parnell Institute. Specializing in treating PTSD and attachment.

— Erica Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

EMDR is becoming widely used to treat trauma. This method helps the body reveal what has long since been hidden from our consciousness related to past trauma or painful events. This can keep us feeling stuck, anxious & depressed in a every day. Chronic overwhelming feelings often indicate the body is working hard to manage outward stress/experiences while managing inward fears from the past. It is possible to feel more safe & at ease in your body as well as move forward in your life.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

EMDR is becoming widely used to treat trauma. This method helps the body reveal what has long since been hidden from our consciousness related to past trauma or painful events. This can keep us feeling stuck, anxious & depressed in a every day. Chronic overwhelming feelings often indicate the body is working hard to manage outward stress/experiences while managing inward fears from the past. It is possible to feel more safe & at ease in your body as well as move forward in your life.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I am trained to Level II in EMDR by Francine Shapiro and have practiced this therapy for many years. I use EMDR extensively to treat a wide variety of traumas, and I also use approved therapeutic offshoots of EMDR to address compulsive behaviors, dissociated parts of oneself, and other special issues. I am careful to enhance your strengths and sense of safety, and work with you on the issues that you would like to resolve.

— Melissa Owens, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy helps you process past disturbing issues and find relief.

— Gerda Phillips, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I am trained in EMDR therapy and mix it with creative and verbal therapy in sessions.

— Krista Verrastro, Creative Art Therapist in Owings Mills, MD
 

Have completed training through the EMDR institute, Inc. and am in training for Attachment-focused EMDR therapy. I apply all appropriate stages of EMDR based on clients’ unique needs.

— Jaclin Belabri, Counselor in Vancouver, WA