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 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

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

— Dr. Jada Philips, PhD, Psychologist in Parsippany, NJ

EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of your past distressing events and allowing you to live more fully in the present. EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation to activate both right and left hemispheres of the brain through eye movements, tapping, tones, or buzzers. It is believed that the engagement of both hemispheres of the brain allows for the brain to process and incorporate the information. EMDR Therapy helps to release deeply stored emotions and memories.

— Sasha Taylor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a evidence based practice that helps gets past an individuals resistance, and makes sense of traumatic and adverse experiences. It is a beautiful tool that allows the individuals brain to reorder, and recalibrate after events have shocked it into disorder or created triggered response patterns. EMDR is also a powerful way to decrease the intensity of unbearable situations and then allowed them to be reconciled to the self.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

I practice somatic and attachment focused EMDR. EMDR therapy is founded on the basis that trauma interferes with our brain’s processing.This incorrect processing that lead to past memories feeling very present. The Bain experiences current related events as if the were the past disturbing event. Processing the original event will eliminate these trigger reactions.

— Paula Kirsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , MI

EMDR is a form a psychotherapy that helps you heal from symptoms and emotional distress that result from past traumas. Trauma can be a single incident, like a car accident or it can be from long-lasting issues, like sexual abuse or neglect. EMDR involves giving attention to 3 time periods: the past, present and future. We look at past disturbing memories. We also focus on current situations that cause distress, while also helping you develop the skills and attitudes needed for future actions.

— Lisabeth Wotherspoon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NH

I have been trained in EMDR through EMDR Consultation and have been utilizing it since 2019. I am also working toward certification in EMDR.

— Kiley Ellefson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern

I have been trained to use EMDR for 5 years now, and enjoy using this modality as it fits hand in hand with trauma treatment that most clients come to see me for. EMDR is well researched and has positive outcomes for many different diagnosis. Clients report that they enjoy using the coping skills that are built into EMDR and that after they have done the protocol once, they know what to expect.

— Sydney Koenig, Counselor in Lone Tree, CO

I'm certified in EMDR. I help you build the resources to feel safe, then work with you in processing the trauma in a manner that the trauma no longer impacts functioning. We take the time necessary to feel safe before addressing anything and I'll be right beside you throughout the process.

— Andrea de Aguayo, Psychologist in ,

EMDR was originally designed to treat PTSD, but now it is used for a range of diagnosis and presenting symptoms. Through the use of eye movements or bilateral stimulation, such as tapping or sounds, clients are able to access memories without fully reexperiencing the trauma. I feel that this is a compassionate and effective way to move clients forward in their healing and reduce their guilt and shame. I am trained in EMDR and am participating in consultation through EMDR Consulting.

— Lauren Viemann, Counselor in Seattle, WA

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy can be highly effective for a variety of conditions, including trauma and anxiety. It helps your brain take memories that were quickly stashed away, and sort them out and put them away properly. In doing so, it helps take away the high emotions associated with it. This can help you move past your activating event in a new and beneficial way. EMDR can be done safely and effectively in virtual appointments with an app I work with.

— Katherine Boelts, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mission Viejo, CA 92691, CA

I am a certified eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and have advanced training to incorporate trauma informed yoga into EMDR protocols. EMDR recognizes there is no separation between our bodies and our minds. Built on the adaptive information processing model that demonstrates how past adverse experiences or trauma can be so overwhelming in our current lives, causing us to develop negative core beliefs. EMDR is very effective treatment.

— Teresa Petersen, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

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. I use an online service to provide either visual or auditory bi-lateral stimulation (you will watch a dot move left to right or hear beeps over a headset going left to right) as part of the EMDR process.

— Karl Reichert, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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

As of Feb 2018 I will be certified in EMDR to help those with past traumas and for whom traditional talk therapy is not sufficient. EMDR addresses trauma by helping the brain reprocess by using bilateral stimulation, and is a proven and effective trauma treatment.

— Linnea Logas, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an evidence-based therapy that can be used for stress reduction, posttraumatic growth, and changing negative beliefs. I am a member of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) and I attend ongoing EMDR trainings and conferences.

— Nancy Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in Foxfield, CO

EMDR is a bodymind process of moving what is stuck in the brain into normal adaptive functioning. For appropriate clients, it can work faster than talk therapy and work at a deeper level. This paves the way for other therapies like CBT to work with less resistance.

— SHANE HENNESEY, Licensed Professional Counselor in Richmond, TX