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've completed EMDR training and continue with consultation, working with certified EMDR supervisors.

— Ryan Hill, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is for those who are seeking to heal from their symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. The EMDR process teaches you the resources needed to get through the distress of processing the past, and move into the future confidently.

— Janny Condie, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Ana, CA

I utilize EMDR with my clients to not only reprocess and integrate unresolved trauma but to also amplify inherent resources that are uncovered in the process. I also work with clients who want to clear out any residual grief and loss across the lifespan by utilizing specific protocols geared toward both explicit and implicit memory integration.

— Kim Johancen, Therapist in Denver, CO

EMDR stands for Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy. It is a body mind integrated therapy that has been proven to be highly effective for those who have experienced trauma. I practice somatic an attachment focused EMDR, which allows the client to process distressing memories with less resistance.

— Paula Kirsch, Clinical Social Worker in Detroit, MI

EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) is one of the best researched, most effective psychotherapy treatments for a wide range of issues, including: ​ PTSD Panic attacks Phobias Dissociation Childhood trauma ​ With national success rates up to 90%, studies show that EMDR can achieve the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. EMDR works very well for individuals who have tried therapy before but continue to feel stuck and unable to move forward.

— Dana Carretta-Stein, Mental Health Counselor in Scarsdale, NY

Eye Movement De-sensitization and Reprocessing (what a mouthful!) Basically the training is extensive (I have completed it all) and take every class I can to increase my knowledge. If you feel “stuck” or still bothered by a trauma, no matter how big or small, it is an unprocessed trauma and EMDR is for you. This process un-sticks trauma and removes your bothersome symptoms.

— Laura (Lori) Patin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eagle River, AK

I became interested and trained in EMDR due to its effectiveness at clearing residual stress from certain memories/experiences. I use EMDR in combination with grounding and mindfulness techniques to help my clients overcome their experiences and build resiliency.

— Katherine Hughes, Clinical Social Worker in Alexandria, VA

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma. EMDR therapy helps children and adults - all ages. Therapists use EMDR with a wide range of challenges: Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias Chronic Illness and Depression, bipolar disorders Grief and loss Pain PTSD and other trauma-and much more

— Carol Van Kampen, Clinical Social Worker in Huntington Woods, MI

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

When you meet with me, it is likely that we will discuss EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy as a treatment option. While I have experience in several different treatment approaches, EMDR is easily the most powerful, effective therapy that I have ever used. I have found my life’s passion in this incredible modality.

— Julie Madsen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Manchester, CT

This evidenced-based short term treatment has been shown to produce successful outcomes for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Likewise, it has been shown to successfully treat depression, anxiety, grief, other mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. The EMDR approach targets past experience, current triggers, and potential challenges. Successful treatment often results in the reduction of symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from disturbing memories and an improved sense of self.

— Brooke Small, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Working towards certification in EMDR (Somatic and Attachment Focus)- Will be certified come December 2019.

— Meg Barry, Counselor in Durham, NC

I am an EMDR Therapist, trained to help those experiencing trauma. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychological approach developed by Francine Shapiro to help people heal from trauma or adversities such as issues of abuse, bullying, domestic violence, grief/loss, attachment wounds, abandonment, PTSD, and many other complicated life issues. EMDR Therapy is now validated as an evidence-based approach.

— Patty Cowan, Psychologist in Lawrence, KS

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

I am certified and trained in EMDR since 2016. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. It has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. (EMDRIA, 2019). https://www.emdria.org/page/120

— Lizabeth De Loera, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

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 Cleveland Heights, OH

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), can help change your brain's response to distress. It works well for trauma and anxiety. I use this technique in two ways. 1) To help you decrease the emotional intensity of experiences and memories so they no longer have power over you. 2) To help enhance your own resources of strength and resilience.

— Hanna Woody, Counselor in Asheville, NC

I am fully trained in EMDR and working towards EMDRIA certification. I did my training with Dr. Phil Manfield through JFK University in 2018. I am actively involved in EMDR consultation and working towards full EMDRIA certification, which is a 2-3 year process.

— Laurel Roberts-Meese, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA