EMDR - Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR for short, is a leading therapy model that helps people heal from past events that cause ongoing emotional distress, and which may translate into negative beliefs they carry about themselves. EMDR was started by Francine Shapiro in 1987, and has three decades of research showing its success in treating clients with a variety of life stressors. 


EMDR is made up of eight phases of treatment, all of which can be completed in one session, depending on the target. Treatment can last a range of time depending on the severity of the trauma, the openness of the client, and the number of traumatic target events or beliefs that the client hopes to resolve.


If working on one disturbing past event, multiple research studies have found that 80-90% of clients will experience relief after 3 sessions. However, many clients working through a single traumatic event using EMDR report some relief after the first session.


EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (usually eye movements) to elicit the unresolved wounds one carries and reroute neural pathways to allow for healing. While the sadness and grief of an event may always remain, the reaction and emotional weight one carries can be resolved, so that the individual can live an easier and more content life.


An event that made an individual feel powerless, empty, angry, or in pain, may now make that individual see themselves as strong, fulfilled, at peace, and content. 


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Our therapists are all trained in EMDR and find that its use in therapy has the potential to bring about powerful positive change in clients' lives. If you are interested in discussing EMDR's potential benefits for you, please reach out to one of our therapists.


For more information on EMDR, please see the following websites:



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In more recent research, EMDR has also been shown to be an effective treatment for many different diagnoses and mental health concerns. EMDR has been known to help clients who have experienced traumas such as:

  • abuse

  • neglect 

  • assault 

  • injuries

  • accidents 


People often don't realize that EMDR can be very effective in helping clients with:

  • eating disorders 

  • body image concerns 

  • anxiety and panic 

  • phobias 

  • depression and bipolar disorders 

  • relational distress 

  • dissociative disorders 

  • grief and loss 

  • chronic pain