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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EMDR therapy is effective at freeing us from limiting beliefs and distressing memories that keep us stuck, avoiding, or disconnecting. Are you ready to reclaim your past? On your terms? To offer yourself compassion, understanding, and to free yourself, so you can feel more connected, more certain, more at ease? Contact me for a 15-minute phone consultation.

— Ania Scanlan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Shoreview, MN

I am EMDR certified and an EMDRIA approved consultant. I utilized an online platform for bilateral stimulation in tele-health session and have found it works quite well.

— Jay Callahan, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

EMDR therapy provides a framework for safely and effectively diminishing the emotional and behavioral impact of traumatic events. We work with you to build your inner resources to address the traumatic material. Once these inner resources are established, we provide a therapeutic structure for you to process the hurt, fear, anger, or sadness and integrate more helpful ways of thinking about the past.

— Julianna Taillon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

I have completed the required training in order to be certified as an EMDR therapist. I am able to implement the EMDR tools in session alongside the other theories and tools in order to address trauma and other related symptoms.

— Aaron Kelsay, Counselor in Portland, OR

EMDR is an evidence based treatment for many different issues such as PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression and panic attacks. EMDR helps your brain reprocess traumatic and/or uncomfortable events in your life that keep coming up that prevent you from healing. When looking for an EMDR therapist, it is important to find a therapist that has been EMDRIA trained for EMDR.

— Rachel Boyle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Henderson, NV

I am currently in EMDR Therapy training and am offering this service as I pursue certification. I also offer couples EMDR.

— Lauren Garza, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in , PA

If you believe that what's bothering you in the present comes from your past, EMDR might be a good fit for you. When you are in a stressful or traumatic situation (as a child or as an adult), your brain can't process all the information. In EMDR, we go back and look at the memory with your "adult self" in charge to see it a different way, so you can feel free from the negative cycle it's causing. Check out this video on my website if you're curious to know more: https://bravespacesd.com/emdr

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CA

Trained and Certified EMDR Therapists are available to help today.

— Darby Integrative Counseling LLC, Psychotherapist in Silver Spring, MD

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy is a powerful tool I added to my repertoire to help my clients get over those hurdles that talk therapy just can't address. I am fully trained in using this method to help reduce the symptoms of trauma triggers, reactive emotions, and even addictive impulses. And if you are seeing a therapist you like who doesn't offer EMDR, I can offer cooperative adjunct sessions so that you can benefit from this therapy without having to switch counselors.

— Mike Ensley, Counselor in Loveland, CO

EMDR is the go-to method for treating the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, however can be used to diminish a variety of adverse mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks and specific phobias. It has been classified by the WHO as evidenced-based and has a 90 percent success rate of clients experiencing at least some symptom relief.

— Sheila Kelly, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA

When you undergo EMDR, you access memories of a trauma event in very specific ways. Combined with eye movements and guided instructions, accessing those memories helps you reprocess what you remember from the negative event. That reprocessing helps “repair” the mental injury from that memory. Remembering what happened to you will no longer feel like reliving it, and the related feelings will be much more manageable.

— Chris Lombardo, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Rio Rancho, NM

Our clinic employs multiple practitioners who are certified to practice EMDR support for clients in tandem with trauma informed care. They have multiple years of experience and understand the nuances of using visual, auditory, or kinesthetic cues to assist clients.

— Barefoot And Balanced Therapy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Clackamas, OR

I have completed the EMDRIA approved training and consultation to provide EMDR. As good practice I will also continue with continuing education and case consultation to provide you with the best, up-to-date forms of care.

— Michelle Halpin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY

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

I was trained in EMDR 18 years ago. My first training was with the founder, Dr Francine Shapiro. It is a very transformative modality.

— Tracy Galluppi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Raritan, NJ