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 have provided online EMDR Therapy to many people like yourself of whom are tired of being dragged down by past events. I have loved hearing from folks about how being in a familiar, safe, and comfortable environment has helped them to complete EMDR Therapy so that they can reach many other goals on their own. After I completed training to be an EMDR therapist and started using it in my practice, I noticed just how much I enjoyed seeing people smile more, laugh more, and live more.

— Bryan Gower, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

EMDR is a form a psychotherapy that helps you heal from symptoms and emotional distress that result from past traumas. Trauma can be a single incident, like a car accident or it can be from long-lasting issues, like sexual abuse or neglect. EMDR involves giving attention to 3 time periods: the past, present and future. We look at past disturbing memories. We also focus on current situations that cause distress, while also helping you develop the skills and attitudes needed for future actions.

— Lisabeth Wotherspoon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NH

I received my training in EMDR in early 2021 and I'm currently working towards my certification.

— Libni Lopez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oberlin, OH

Emdr reconnects pathways in the brain that are often broken by trauma or other stressors. I use EMDR to treat trauma, anxiety and also eating issues by breaking the connection between emotions and food.

— Patricia Unger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Murrells Inlet, SC

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

— Libni Lopez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oberlin, OH

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

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a treatment protocol that can be applied to multiple concerns including trauma, anxiety, and depression. It can be a useful way to experience relief from distressing experiences.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Gilbert, AZ

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.

— Whitney Russell, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

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

EMDR allows people to overcome impactful symptoms and emotional distress. Our mind and body have the ability to heal themselves. For example, if you have a cut, your body will naturally work to heal the cut sometimes with no intervention needed. However, if something gets “stuck” in the cut it can become painful and stop the healing process. The brain works in a similar way, sometimes these experiences get “stuck” in our brain and stop our brain’s natural ability to heal. EMDR removes the stuck!

— Cordell Pearson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

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

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 in Boston, MA

I am currently pursuing my EMDR certification through an EMDRIA accredited training program. While EMDR was initially created as a treatment for PTSD, it is now highly regarded as an evidenced-based practice for the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief, panic, and more.

— Alex Lippincott, Therapist in Wheat Ridge, CO

I'm certified in EMDR. I help you build the resources to feel safe, then work with you in processing the trauma in a manner that the trauma no longer impacts functioning. We take the time necessary to feel safe before addressing anything and I'll be right beside you throughout the process.

— Andrea de Aguayo, Psychologist in ,

As an EMDR trained therapist, I specialize in trauma and anxiety disorders as well as skillfully using it to assist clients with self-limiting beliefs. Client work with may have experienced or witnessed traumatic events including prolonged childhood neglect or trauma, medical trauma, birth trauma, religious/spiritual trauma, or distressing memories or events which have led to self-limiting beliefs, anxiety, depression, fears, or phobias.

— Jody Pittner, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in , OH

Trauma is when your system is overwhelmed by an experience. Though we think of traumatic experiences as war or car accidents, whether an experiences is considered traumatic depends on the individual. We may have very unique responses to the exact same experience. Trauma can also look like being repeatedly ignored by a parent or bullied at school. EMDR helps separate beliefs about yourself or the world that the trauma created and from the memory itself.

— Jeanie Vetter, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oceanside, 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

I have taken 40 hours of training and 10 hours of consultation to become EMDR Trained in order to help the brain quickly reprocess trauma wounds that fuel the incongruence behind negative core beliefs we have about ourselves. I am currently in the extensive process of becoming EMDR Certified

— Claudia Mattox, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Magnolia, TX