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) 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

Dr. Berman is an EMDR International Association trained EMDR provider, with specialty training in Somatic and Attachment Focused (S.A.F.E) EMDR, which brings in transformational aspects of body centered psychotherapies while maintaining fidelity to the EMDR model.

— Amy Berman, Psychologist in Portland, OR

I chose to be trained in EMDR as I was seeing married couples and parents with a past childhood trauma that was wreaking havoc in the marriage and with their children. The past Traumas needed to be processed and healed before they could truly be present for their spouse and/or their child(ren). I frequently take new courses to learn new ways to apply EMDR such as for depression, addictions, and with children. I am also a part of a monthly consult team of EMDR therapists.

— Alicia Bradshaw, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chattanooga, TN

I am trained in EMDR by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and am currently seeking certification to offer the highest level of EMDR application. I am also an associate member of EMDRIA and participate in a monthly supervision group for EMDR clinicians from around the country to optimize their clinical skill.

— Mary Moore, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

I have completed EMDR Basic Training and have completed specialty training to use EMDR with children. I receive consultation for my work with EMDR from an EMDRIA-approved consultant.

— Lauren Krzyzaniak, Licensed Professional Counselor in Saginaw, MI

My primary modality for processing trauma is EMDR. I have been trained in it since 2009.

— Alissa Beuerlein, Counselor in Nashville, TN

EMDR relies on the brain's natural ability to heal itself by reprocessing memories, allowing clients to remember their traumatic experiences without being overwhelmed by them. I am trained in EMDR and have seen its power to quickly zero in on key memories that are causing distress, and facilitate healing.

— Mark Myran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is a really cool, interesting, and neuroscientific form of therapy. It is primarily used to help relieve clients from unresolved trauma and negative experiences.

— Kelsey Riddle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

I use EMDR and Lifespan Integration (LI) help clients process single-event and complex-trauma. Like EMDR, LI helps the brain-body system heal old wounds by moving trauma out of short-term memory systems to long-term storage so the body can understand it is truly over. LI adds to this by helping create a more cohesive autobiographical narrative through reviewing the life story year by year. Please talk with me about these ways of working if you believe you might benefit.

— Greta Reitinger, Psychotherapist in Portland, OR

I would like to write a love letter to EMDR. I love that it allows people to process big and little traumas quickly, with the client being in control, without having to discuss every detail. I love that it instills so much hope and positivity. I love that it can be done remotely and in person. I love that it is the brain healing itself. 💜🤓💜

— Stephanie Lessmeier, Licensed Professional Counselor in St. Peters, MO

I was trained in EMDR at the beginning of 2021 and are currently working towards certification.

— Libni López, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I am trained in utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, including via Telehealth, by the EMDR international Association (EMDRIA). Per EMDRIA.org, "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."

— Heather Beller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

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) 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. David Shoup, Psychologist in Pacifica, CA

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

EMDRIA Approved Consultant EMDR Certified Therapist

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