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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I am trained in EMDR and find it to be a powerful tool in treating trauma. Even when not using the bilateral stimulation part of EMDR, I find that I use many of the concepts - identifying and understanding core beliefs, creating strong visual images for safety and ground, and linking body and mind.

— Natosha Knight, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

EMDR is a clinically sound, drug free trauma treatment that has been used successfully all over the world to treat many different forms of traumatic experience and help the affected people find healing. Trauma is a constant presence in our world, and it is essential to physical, emotional, spiritual and relational health to clear it as much as we can so that we can continue to learn, grow, and be the best of ourselves.

— Elaine Dove, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

EMDR is used to help process past traumatic memories so they’ll have less of an impact on your present day. With this model, you do not have to share all the details of the trauma. We will work together to allow your body to create the healing it’s designed to do. We’ll use eye movements or tapping to promote the healing. There are 8 total phases. I have been trained in an approach that also incorporates somatic techniques and attachment theory.

— April Hankins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Downingtown, PA

Emdr reconnects pathways in the brain that are often broken by trauma or other stressors. I use EMDR to treat trauma, anxiety and also eating issues by breaking the connection between emotions and food.

— Patricia Unger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Murrells Inlet, SC

EMDR therapy is integrative psychotherapy and uses bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories to resume standard information processing. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed from relational traumas of childhood abuse and/or neglect.

— Jennifer Hamrock, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

I am EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained. EMDR is a unique therapeutic technique that uses bi-lateral stimulation to help reprocess past traumas to help transform them from something that has stunted your growth into a new stepping stone that you can build a better future from. For more information please click the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkfln-ZtWeY.

— Courtney. Mickles, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Roseville, CA

I laughed hysterically the first time I experienced the full effects of EMDR because I could not believe it worked so well on me, but it did! Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.

— Kenneth Nelan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mequon, WI

Trauma memories are stored in our minds differently than normal memories. This difference makes them emotionally intense, intrusive, and distressing. EMDR helps us better access and transform these memories to be less intense, fuzzier, and less upsetting. EMDR can also make it easier and less upsetting to get in touch with those memories in treatment. The goal is to help it be just like any other bad memory you may have, but no longer be the 'technicolor surround-sound' experience it is now.

— Allison Gilson, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

I am certified in EMDR and have found this modality to be effective in uncovering how the negative thoughts, body sensations, and emotions around distressing events have impacted an individual over time. EMDR helps process difficult experiences while providing safety and coping strategies.

— Morgan Grace, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX

The process of EMDR therapy helps the brain reframe traumatic memories and get back on track toward healthy information processing. EMDR can be provided to children, adolescents, and adults and be combined with other evidence-based treatment approaches.

— Yanina Marti-Ramirez de Arellano, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lancaster, PA

EMDR helps people heal from the symptoms of trauma. When we experience a traumatic event, our brain is unable to process the information correctly. This can lead to us feeling stuck in a state of distress, reliving the event over and over again. EMDR therapy can help to reprocess these memories and allow us to move on from them. I will use eye movements, taps, or tones to help the client focus on the memory while at the same time allowing them to process it in a more healthy way.

— Sandy Gibson, Clinical Social Worker

I have extensive training in EMDR, and I find it very helpful in processing trauma and healing so that you can be present in your life. I have found that EMDR is helpful in helping you cultivate relationships with intention, set purposeful boundaries, and advocate for yourself, as well as attune to yourself.

— Rachelle Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

EMDRIA Approved Consultant EMDR Certified Therapist DBR Deep Brain Reorienting Therapist I am a member in good standing of ISST-D (The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation). I am trained in Dr. Frank Corrigan's Deep Brain Reorienting Therapy, & am a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, an Ego State Therapist and Level 2 trained in Clinical Hypnosis. I work with experiencers of PTSD, Complex PTSD & the Dissociative Disorders.

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

I completed 40 hours of EMDR training through the EMDR Institute, Inc. and 10 hours of consultation hours with two certified EMDR consultants. I have been using EMDR in sessions since 2021.

— Courtney Banschbach, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have completed EMDR training through the EMDR International Association in order to be able to provide this life changing treatment to my clients who are having difficulty moving on from negative past experiences. EMDR is best known as a treatment for trauma, and can be used to treat symptoms of PTSD, but it can also significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and can help people begin to see themselves more positively.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Duluth, GA

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) refers to an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. According to the theory behind the approach, traumatic and painful memories can cause post-traumatic stress when you don't process them completely. EMDR utilizes the natural healing ability of your body.

— Terri Beard, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX