EMDR is a psychotherapy technique that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences


Everyone...No one gets out of this life unscathed. Trauma is part of life. When trauma is locked in the body and the brain, healing is blocked.


   It's not completely clear how or why it works. It is believed that the bilateral movement of the eyes mimics the REM dream stage of sleep where processing occurs. This bilateral stimulation could also be auditory or tactile using tappers or headphones or a combination.


  • PTSD

  • Trauma

  • Panic attacks

  • Eating disorders

  • Depression

  • Addictions

  • Phobias

  • Stress caused by chronic disease

  • Schizophrenia

  • Anxiety.

  • People who have been a victim of a disaster (such as a violent crime, accident, natural disasters, fire, etc.)

  • Clients who experience discomfort with social situations, public speaking, or medical procedures

  • People dealing with grief and loss, due to death, divorce, or loss of a home

  • Police officers and other frontline providers

  • Children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse or rape

  • Accident or burn victims.


  The first step is to identify the present problem or issue. Then, the client will identify how they've dealt with this issue in the past and how they would like to deal with it in the future that is more adaptive. The client then "floats back" to related memories until they have identified the earliest memory (target memory) representing the issue that is causing them disturbance. This is done by pinpointing the following:

1.  The vivid visual image related to the memory
2.  A negative belief about self
3.  Related emotions and body sensations.

 The client then identifies a positive belief.  The therapist helps the client rate the positive belief as well as the intensity of the negative emotions.  After this, the client is instructed to focus on the image, negative thought, and body sensations while simultaneously engaging in EMDR processing using sets of bilateral stimulation (eye movements, tapping or auditory alternating tones).  The client is instructed to just notice whatever spontaneously happens.. The goal is to alleviate the disturbance from the experience and replace negative beliefs with positive and real cognitions or thoughts


  YES! "More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy.  Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense." (http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/. EMDRIA, 2019)

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