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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Our EMDR-certified therapists have undergone extensive training, appropriate certification, and have acquired the necessary skills to guide clients through the EMDR process. EMDR-certified therapists continue to engage in regular training and education to stay updated with the latest advancements in EMDR therapy. To ensure the efficacy and appropriateness of EMDR treatment, the specialist carefully screens clients before initiating therapy.

— AMR Therapy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I am a trained EMDR clinician and am equipped to provide this form of treatment via telehealth. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) 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. Many people find relief through EMDR faster than traditional talk therapy.

— Ashley Wilkins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based treatment that can address trauma, depression, anxiety, and panic, among other symptoms. Use this bilateral stimulation while you re-live, re-think about, and re-feel some of the challenging and/or traumatic things you’ve been through. I know this sounds scary, and I am right here with you, guiding you the whole way!

— Julia Ortiz, Licensed Professional Counselor

Trauma-Informed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) guides you through an interactive psychotherapy involving eight-phase processing. People with traumatic experiences or who have PTSD in particular can benefit from EMDR treatment.

— Brave Within Counseling Hyon Bachman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arlington, VA

Feeling sick of talk therapy? Let's start by taking a look at how the past is impacting you today. Using a standard protocol which involves bilateral stimulation (tapping), clients are able to light up their memory network, process through difficulties, and come to a positive resolution. (It makes more sense once we get started!)

— Molly St. Cyr, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have been trained and practicing EMDR since 2019. I am expecting to complete my EMDRIA Certification within the next 60-90 days. https://www.emdria.org/

— Nicole Eul, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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

I am a Certified EMDR therapist.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

When treating trauma with EMDR therapy, I integrate ego-state "parts" work with clients who may be struggling with hard-to-treat complex trauma histories. I find it helpful in fully addressing the unique inner ecology of each client, as well as any resistant "parts" which may present as barriers to treatment. I can also provide short-term EMD therapy to quickly reduce distressing trauma symptoms, allowing space for adequate coping skills to be provided prior to full EMDR reprocessing.

— Cameron Lewis, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Redmond, WA

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference... EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. -EMDR Institute

— Jules Allison, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I have extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I offer several techniques that a person can utilize in the comfort of their own home.

— Stephanie Milan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

EMDR Therapy is extremely fast and effective at processing past memories that haunt us today, and restoring them into a healthy part of our brain. By processing old memories, we can live fully in the present and let go of the past. EMDR is well researched, and proven to be highly effective in quickly treating and managing PTSD.

— Faith Nielsen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Collins, CO

When talk therapy alone isn't enough to unblock the stuckness from painful parts of our past, EMDR treatment may be just the tool in the toolbox to create lasting safety and inner peace. You are always in charge of your healing journey so exploring if EMDR is a good fit for your needs and goals would be the first step in using this evidence-based trauma treatment. Feeling safe, peaceful, and powerful in your mind and body is possible.

— Dr. Desiree Howell, Psychologist in Kingsland, GA

EMDR basic certificate Completed State of Illinois 60-hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault training

— Happy Camper Counseling; Joanne Lagattolla, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

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