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What is EMDR?

According to the Trauma Institute, EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, “is a non-drug, non-hypnosis psychotherapy procedure. The therapist guides the client in concentrating on a troubling memory or emotion while moving the eyes rapidly back and forth (by following the therapist's fingers). This rapid eye movement, which occurs naturally during dreaming, seems to speed the client's movement through the healing process. EMDR is used to treat troubling symptoms such as anxiety, depression, guilt, anger, and post-traumatic reactions. It can also be used to enhance emotional resources such as confidence and self-esteem.” Visit the Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute for more FAQs.

Do therapists receive special training to do EMDR?

  • Yes. I completed Basic Training through the Trauma Institute and Child Trauma Institute and continue to receive support from other therapists certified in this modality.

How do I know EMDR is for me?

  • EMDR is a leading evidence-based treatment for trauma and can be used to help individuals heal from single event traumas (e.g. a car accident) or complex trauma (e.g. multiple experiences of abuse). We’ll spend time getting to know each other before beginning EMDR to ensure it makes sense. EMDR is often used in conjunction with talk therapy, mindfulness and other types of therapy.