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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I specialize in Attachment-Focused EMDR, designed for healing trauma resulting from adverse childhood experiences – abuse, neglect, loss of loved ones, childhood illness and so on. If the past stayed in the past, we could just leave these behind and move on. But when we're under stress, the past can intrude into the present – as anxiety, depression, freezing, dissociation. These present-day experiences are our key to the healing process, and as they resolve, they're our best measure of success.

— Bob Fischer, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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 Manhattan, KS

I am trained in EMDR and regularly use these techniques in my practice. EMDR is absolutely effective in a telehealth setting and I've seen great progress with clients while using this treatment for trauma, negative self-talk, looping thoughts, and childhood abuse. I offer extended and intensive sessions for EMDR if you are interested in processing a deep issue and need more time for this work.

— Misty Gibson, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

I have extensive training in EMDR, and I find it very helpful in processing trauma and healing so that you can be present in your life. I have found that EMDR is helpful in helping you cultivate relationships with intention, set purposeful boundaries, and advocate for yourself, as well as attune to yourself.

— Rachelle Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

Completed 20+ hours of basic EMDR training.

— Colleen Steppa, Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

Completed EMDR trainings through Emdria, as well as an advanced training in Attachment-Focused EMDR.

— Alyssa Doberstein, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Raleigh, NC

EMDR is an intervention to reprocess neural pathways that are built around unhelpful narratives based in experiences that we have difficulty integrating. This can include trauma experiences, early childhood experiences, or cultural narratives that have impacted our sense of self in the world. EMDR is known as the "nonverbal therapy" because it does not require re-hashing of traumatic experiences, and allows your brain to reorganize by using eye movements, tapping, or other bilatural stimulation.

— Elizabeth Hawkins, Sex Therapist

I am basic trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) through the EMDR institute as of February 2021. Since my training took place as the pandemic began my training included learning how to do EMDR in a telehealth setting. This allows individuals that didn't have access to this service due to location, mobility, and health to have access to this treatment.

— Pyol Thompson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

We will have openings for EMDR starting in Mid-September

— New Hope Counseling Group, LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor

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 and utilize this technique, at least in part, with almost every client I work with. EMDR can offer a non-verbal way to process through through trauma, anxiety, depression, physical pain, and many other mental health concerns. EMDR is unique in that you are able to make quick and sustainable change without having to verbally discuss uncomfortable thoughts or memories.

— Nicole Benedict, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY

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. This technique has been very successful in helping 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

I am a trauma specialist focusing on healing the body through somatic techniques and inner child healing, Mindfulness Self Compassion. EMDR is the highly evidence-based technique for treating trauma, PTSD, and anxiety-related issues. My focus is to support you to feel safe as possible, teaching you self-soothing and resourcing skills. It is not going to be exposure therapy because we dont start EMDR until after creating your strong skills in resourcing and safety

— Linda Fong, Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

In 2019, I continued my training in treatment for trauma and stressors through completion of EMDR training under Karen Alter-Reid, Ph.D. at National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and I am currently working on certification.

— Amy Emery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , MA

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing. EMDR is a highly effective healing modality that helps us to sustainably metabolize past traumas and griefs instead of reliving them. Some people call this evidence based, I call it folk medicine–healing pathways that belong to you, are uncovered within the container of our relationship, that tap into your deep embodied knowingness of how to heal. EMDR works by catalyzing your body’s innate wisdom & deep capacity for healing & transformation.

— horizon greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing - utilized often in Trauma work to target painful memories or experiences but also used to target negative core beliefs we have about ourselves that show up in our day to day lives.

— Christine Chenitz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kennett Square, PA