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.

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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 Erie, CO

I am trained to offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a highly effective treatment for trauma and PTSD.

— Dr. April Watts, Counselor in Boise, ID

EMDR is the backbone of my work with individual clients. EMDR is a proven therapy model to work through acute and chronic trauma and can be modified to help clients experiencing a multitude of issues. Although it's grounded in trauma work, EMDR can be utilized to process feelings of depression, anxiety, and other stressed-induced emotions.

— Kelsey Saddoris, Clinical Social Worker in Cedar Rapids, IA

I am trained in EMDR and have been using it effectively since 2017

— Shawn Williamson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Grand Junction, CO

Since being trained in EMDR I have seen clients gain freedom from unwanted emotional and physiological responses. I heard someone describe EMDR this way, “I have all these files in my brain and I don’t know where to slot my traumas so they effect every file. After EMDR they have their own file and I can access them when I want to or just let them stay in the file. My trauma no longer defines me.”

— Aimee Grimm, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

EMDRIA Approved Consultant EMDR Certified Therapist

— Cheri Yadon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poulsbo, WA

The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. EMDR has also been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems: trauma depression, anxiety, grief, and phobias. We can discuss if EMDR is an appropriate treatment for your needs

— Mercedes Cusick, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Woodland Hills, CA

EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Is an evidence based practice effective at treating PTSD/Trauma and distressing thoughts that uses a bi-lateral stimulation that accelerates your brains natural ability to heal. Successful EMDR treatment results in a significant decrease in emotional reactivity around the surrounding traumatic event or trigger. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.

— Rebecca Koski, Counselor in LOS ANGELES, CA

I have completed both Part 1 and Part 2 of EMDR training and have my certificate of completion. In my practice, I have found EMDR to be an effective protocol for many of the issues that clients experience, even outside of the realm of Trauma and Performance. If you are interested, please feel free to call or email to ask questions.

— Jan Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing or "EMDR" is extremely helpful Research has shown EMDR therapy to be effective in treating PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction and more. EMDR helps you process through debilitating thoughts and beliefs you've struggled with as a result of past experiences. EMDR helps get "stuck" memories "unstuck" so that you can move on with your life and stop living in the past.

— Julie Holburn, Counselor in Boulder, CO

EMDR is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. It does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue, or homework between sessions. EMDR, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed 'stuck' traumatic memories in the brain.

— Kevin Condon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

I am an EMDR Trained clinician and received my training through the EMDR Institute. I am actively strengthening my ability to heal trauma through by active participation in EMDR consultation groups and educational opportunities. I have decided to deepen my knowledge through the pursuit of an EMDR Credential. I can provide a highly effective and researched way for you to fully heal from traumatic experiences.

— Martha Cowley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Carmichael, CA

Beginning in April 2020, I can provide EMDR and/or ART(Accelerated Resolution Therapy) in person.

— Melissa Engle, Counselor in Royal Oak, MI

In additional to conventional EMDR, I utilize additional protocols for birth/preverbal trauma, craving/urges, affective reset. When working to release trauma held in the body, I often find it less distressing to use a somatic, body-led approach rather than focus on images and story. What's most important is to find the path that best fits your need for resolution and growth.

— Shelly Melroe, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreview, MN

Do you struggle to get to or stay asleep at night? EMDR treatment can help tremendously. You can reconnect to yourself and start sleeping better (more), stop feeling disconnected, sad, anxious or irritated. You don’t need to suffer anymore. We’ll address what’s going on in your body and I’ll teach you skills so you can learn to relax.

— Jordanna Saunders, in Goodyear, AZ

I have trained in EMDR and I am currently in the process of working towards certification. This is an effective tool for working through trauma and any harmful messages/beliefs we have about ourselves.

— Melissa Wright, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aliso Viejo, CA

I have completed the basic training requirements with the Trauma Recovery Humanitarian Assistance Programs, which is recognized by EMDRIA. This level of training means that I have completed both Part 1 and Part 2 workshops (for a combined total of 40 hours of training) and 10 hours of consultation. EMDR is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD.

— Kristen Hornung, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Encinitas, CA

I provide EMDR and trauma informed therapy. It is very common that a new(er) parent finds themselves struggling with previously unaddressed or unresolved issues related to their past that may be causing difficulty in their lives and seeping into their relationship with the children and partner. Learning how to address the 'ghosts in the nursery' is a powerful way to improve your own life while nurturing your child's attachment.

— Cara Fairfax, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA

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

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

EMDR therapy was developed to relieve distress for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR therapy facilitates the processing of painful traumatic memories in order to bring these memories to a more adaptive resolution. EMDR can eliminate or reduce distress related to trauma and facilitate reformulation of associated negative beliefs. EMDR uses a three-pronged approach which addresses past trauma, current triggers and future rehearsal.

— Rachelle Dunn, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ashburn, VA

EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories is such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result relational traumas or childhood abuse and/or neglect. This method allows the individual to process the trauma without having to disclose all of the details of the traumatic events. This is a highly effective treatment that provides relief for most individuals.

— Nichole Bosserman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Washington, IL