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) first earned a great reputation for its healing aspects of our military (active and veterans), and with years of past, present, and ongoing research, EMDR has become a highly significant therapy for any form of trauma. A number of interventions appear to be cost-effective for the management of PTSD in adults. EMDR appears to be the most cost-effective amongst them. See EMDRIA.org

— Dennis Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Las Vegas, NV

I completed EMDR training in 2016 and have been using the technique in my practice ever since. I have also completed workshops on special topics in EMDR and continue to grow my skills as often as possible.

— Lacey Stewart, Counselor in Albuquerque, NM

I have utilized EMDR therapy to help clients overcome their past traumas - from childhood bullying to childhood sexual abuse to complex trauma, which has occurred throughout someone's life. This modality is also helpful for those with chronic pain or facing anxiety and depression without having experienced trauma.

— Will Dempsey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Find out more about how I can help you with trauma and EMDR therapy via my specialty webpage: https://www.timholtzmantherapy.com/emdr-trauma-therapy

— Tim Holtzman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Berkeley, CA

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 completed EMDR basic training through EMDRIA in July of 2020. I also completed the required 10 consultation hours afterward. I love EMDR as a modality for adverse life events that keep clients in a stuck place, in order to allow their brain to process these events and allow clients to move forward.

— Crystal Britt, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Redlands, CA

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a safe, compassionate, evidence-based and self-directed therapy to help resolve anxiety, fears, phobias, enhance personal performance, decrease the sting of traumatic memories, and more! I received my basic and advanced EMDR training in Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR), which aims to resolve (get to the "root of") what may be causing imbalances. I am also trained in the Flash Technique, which assists in managing acute stress.

— Tony Parmenter, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brattleboro, VT

Level 2 EMDR trained and currently completing Certification.

— Sarah O'Keefe, Counselor in Kansas City, MO

I am trained in EMDR through the Institute of Creative Mindfulness. I have Level 1 & 2 training under my belt and continue to pursue consultation and continuing education in this effective modality. EMDR is a technique as well as a therapy in itself. I find it helpful for those with stuck beliefs or repetitive patterns of thinking in addition to PTSD and many anxiety disorders. EMDR is a modality I use more days than not in my practice, and with practice comes fluency.

— Lynette Kreidler, Counselor in Akron, OH

Unprocessed traumatic experiences often are held in the nervous system and reinforce negative beliefs about the self. EMDR has the potential to reprocess these difficult memories and work to shift harmful beliefs. I am EMDR trained, and have had powerful results treating adults with childhood trauma through EMDR. I believe this model in combination with art therapy and transpersonal counseling can provide a very effective multimodal approach to treating trauma.

— Sarah Klein, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

I provide EMDR for clients experiencing, not just trauma, but also, low self esteem, anxiety, ADHD, depression and many other struggles. For those who have engaged in EMDR therapy, they say it's hard work, and very worth it in the end.

— Julie Reichenberger, Counselor in Denver, CO

I am trained through the Child Mind Institute and am currently working on my certification. EMDR can be life changing when used in the right situations with a trained professional.

— Alicia Norris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Natchez, MS

I have completed EMDR training and love working with clients to use EMDR to help them manage difficult past issues that still come into their lives and affect them currently.

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

EMDR theory posits that every person is naturally inclined to move toward healing. Just as a physical wound cannot mend itself successfully until the dirt is removed, we too cannot heal effectively until the obstacles in our way are cleared. My role as an EMDR therapist is to facilitate this process without getting in the way of your body’s natural ability to heal. This is not like other therapies and is designed to be brief and provide sustained symptom relief.

— Natalie O'Mara, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

Find out more about how I can help you with trauma and EMDR therapy via my specialty webpage: https://www.timholtzmantherapy.com/emdr-trauma-therapy

— Tim Holtzman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Berkeley, CA