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'm a certified EMDR specialist with years of experience using EMDR with clients who've experienced significant traumas. Time and time again, I have seen EMDR therapy change the lives of my clients suffering with traumatic memories, flashbacks, nightmares, PTSD, and more. When used by an experienced practitioner, EMDR can relieve and reduce traumas symptoms incredibly quickly. Often my clients report significant improvements in just a few sessions.

— Tania Protsenko, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Island, NY

EMDR has become the gold standard of trauma treatment. Using bilateral stimulation, an individual focuses on the changing the emotions, thoughts or behaviors that result from a distressing experience (trauma). This allows the brain to resume a natural healing process without going into emotionally exhausting detail about the event and potentially retraumatizing.

— Nina Szarafin, Licensed Master of Social Work in , NY

I am trained in EMDRIA-certified EMDR and it is an integrated part of my approach - not just for trauma, but also for addressing the core beliefs that often guide and impact our daily lives.

— Caroline Singletary, Therapist in Decatur, GA

I have completed EMDR training through the EMDR International Association in order to be able to provide this life changing treatment to my clients who are having difficulty moving on from negative past experiences. EMDR is best known as a treatment for trauma, and can be used to treat symptoms of PTSD, but it can also significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and can help people begin to see themselves more positively.

— Ginny Kington, Psychologist in Duluth, GA

This specialty is great for childhood trauma and eating disorders.

— Léah Ferreira, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Crescent City, CA

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

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. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create an overwhelming feeling of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume.

— Trish McKenna, Therapist in St. Louis Park, MN

EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from past experiences which have caused emotional distress. Leading up to an EMDR session, grounding and calming skills to utilize during moments of distress will be taught and practiced. During an EMDR session, a disturbing memory will be recalled while pairing this memory with a negative internalized belief associated with the painful experience, and engaging in Bi-lateral stimulation (eye-movements).

— jacklynne marder, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

EMDR is used to help process past traumatic memories so they’ll have less of an impact on your present day. With this model, you do not have to share all the details of the trauma. We will work together to allow your body to create the healing it’s designed to do. We’ll use eye movements or tapping to promote the healing. There are 8 total phases. I have been trained in an approach that also incorporates somatic techniques and attachment theory.

— April Hankins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Downingtown, PA

I have been trained in EMDR, which is a trauma and PTSD treatment that also works for many other problems including anxiety, panic, depression, sexuality concerns, and peak performance, among others. You can learn more about EMDR on my website. I also utilize many forms of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills (I don't offer DBT, just use the skills), Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness.

— Linda Baggett, Psychologist in Manhattan Beach, CA

I was EMDR trained by EMDRIA approved consultant Rachel Harrison, LCPC, NCC of Trauma Specialists of Maryland. I've worked with dozens of clients seeking EMDR treatment, and have found it particularlypowerful pairing it with IFS and Mindfulness to create a holistic body, mind, and emotional connection.

— Safrianna DeGroat, Counselor in Frederick, MD

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

I am an EMDR therapist, having trained at the EMDR Institute, founded by Francine Shapiro, who originated the technique. I’ve seen tremendous results with EMDR, but it’s not right for everyone. Before offering you EMDR therapy, I’ll conduct an in-depth assessment and screening. If we choose to move forward, we’ll first spend time preparing a safe and secure foundation for the work to come, and when we begin, you’ll set the pace. Your safety is my primary concern.

— Stephanie Clark, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

EMDR therapy has proven to be effective in treating trauma and PTSD, as well as anxiety. It helps to desensitize and reprocess the idenitifed targets and memories, even physical sensations. It is a unique ability and skill that can help with anxiety, panic disorders, depression and even complex PTSD.

— Laura Janikowski, Clinical Social Worker in Chandler, AZ

My primary modality for processing trauma is EMDR. I have been trained in it since 2009.

— Alissa Beuerlein, Counselor in Nashville, TN