About emdr

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing

When you experience an event in your life that is distressing, the brain mobilizes to process and digest this experience adaptively. There are times in our lives that a distressing event is so overwhelming that our natural ability to digest and process the event is blocked or impeded. EMDR therapy is an integrated therapeutic approach for treating disturbing memories, both recent and in the past, that are impacting our ability to move forward or engage in life and relationships the way we desire.

What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.


EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.


If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.1

Please watch the video below to better understand how EMDR therapy has positively affected others.

EMDR therapy has been researched extensively and is recognized as an effective, evidence-based psychotherapy for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research has shown that the results of EMDR therapy are effective and long-lasting. EMDR has also been successfully used to help clients with:

  • Grief & Loss

  • Complicated Grief

  • Flashbacks & Nightmares

  • Painful Events or Disturbing Memories

  • Stress Reduction

  • Anxiety/Fears/Phobias

  • Panic Attacks

  • Attachment Disorders

  • Childhood Trauma

  • Pain Disorders

  • Physical, Emotional, & Sexual Abuse

  • Self-Esteem Issues

  • Addiction

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

What kind of problems does EMDR treat?

If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy, please feel free to discuss this with me during your consultation. You can also visit the EMDR International Association at www.emdria.org or the EMDR Institute at https://www.emdr.com/ for additional information about this form of treatment.

Hover over each moon to learn more about the eight phases of EMDR therapy.

The eight phases of EMDR

Client history and treatment planning. Therapist works with client to identify treatment goals, gain a thorough history and assessment, then make a plan. 



Client and therapist establish a relationship, and therapist works with client to build relaxation skills in preparation for treatment.


Assessment. The client and the therapist jointly identify the target memory for the particular session.


Desensitization. The client's event is evaluated to change the trauma-related sensory experiences and associations. 


Installation. The therapist attempts to increase the strength of positive cognition which is supposed to replace the negative one.


Body scan. The client is asked to get the body scanned to know whether any somatic response considered as residues of tension related to the targeted event is still remaining.


Closure. Self-control techniques, which were already taught, are used when reprocessing is not complete.


Reevaluation. A review is carried out for optimal treatment effect and to check out additional targets.