EMDR Therapists in Toronto, ON

Photo of Julia Gibran: EMDR, Mindfulness, Trauma Therapy, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Julia Gibran: EMDR, Mindfulness, Trauma Therapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MA, BEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4W  (Online Only)
Julia is a registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW) and Educator (Bachelor of Education) who specializes in using mind-body practices such as yoga, mindfulness, EMDR, expressive arts and counselling to engage with, empower, and promote healing for individuals, families and communities. Her therapeutic style is grounded in the principles of compassion, confidentiality and holistic healing. She is also dedicated to finding the middle path and to helping clients find and maintain balance in their life.
Julia is a registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW) and Educator (Bachelor of Education) who specializes in using mind-body practices such as yoga, mindfulness, EMDR, expressive arts and counselling to engage with, empower, and promote healing for individuals, families and communities. Her therapeutic style is grounded in the principles of compassion, confidentiality and holistic healing. She is also dedicated to finding the middle path and to helping clients find and maintain balance in their life.
(365) 801-5956 View (365) 801-5956
Photo of Lisa C. Vettese, Psychologist in Toronto, ON
Lisa C. Vettese
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5G
Sensitive, responsive psychotherapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and families. I assist with crises, life transitions, career uncertainty, self-esteem, intimacy concerns, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addictions, personality disorders, self-harm, maladaptive anger, marital/relationship distress, childhood maltreatment history, parenting challenges, creative blocks, grief, loss, fertility issues, illness and chronic pain. Therapy is tailored to your needs, and draws upon such traditions as CBT, mindfulness, DBT, analytic therapy, family systems, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a best-practice, evidence-based therapy for PTSD approved by health and government regulatory bodies around the world.
Sensitive, responsive psychotherapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and families. I assist with crises, life transitions, career uncertainty, self-esteem, intimacy concerns, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addictions, personality disorders, self-harm, maladaptive anger, marital/relationship distress, childhood maltreatment history, parenting challenges, creative blocks, grief, loss, fertility issues, illness and chronic pain. Therapy is tailored to your needs, and draws upon such traditions as CBT, mindfulness, DBT, analytic therapy, family systems, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a best-practice, evidence-based therapy for PTSD approved by health and government regulatory bodies around the world.
(844) 332-1559 View (844) 332-1559
Photo of Gina Lihou, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Gina Lihou
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6K  (Online Only)
As an EMDR trained therapist, I compassionately treat you as a whole person rather than just a diagnosis; warmly acknowledging and affirming important aspects of your identity such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. I believe in having an honest, collaborative partnership where we work together to resolve your concerns, from processing trauma to regulating difficult emotions.
As an EMDR trained therapist, I compassionately treat you as a whole person rather than just a diagnosis; warmly acknowledging and affirming important aspects of your identity such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. I believe in having an honest, collaborative partnership where we work together to resolve your concerns, from processing trauma to regulating difficult emotions.
View
Photo of Tara Alexis Pouyat, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Tara Alexis Pouyat
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, EMDR II
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4J  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Tara and I provide individual counselling and psychotherapy in-person at my office, by telephone, or virtually using a video platform. I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Mindfulness, Emotion Focussed, Solution-Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches and tailor my approach to your needs. I have a special interest in using EMDR because it can reduce the number of sessions required to see positive results by resolving the impact of past traumas and allowing you to let go of painful feelings so that you can move forward with your life.  ​
Welcome! My name is Tara and I provide individual counselling and psychotherapy in-person at my office, by telephone, or virtually using a video platform. I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Mindfulness, Emotion Focussed, Solution-Focussed and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches and tailor my approach to your needs. I have a special interest in using EMDR because it can reduce the number of sessions required to see positive results by resolving the impact of past traumas and allowing you to let go of painful feelings so that you can move forward with your life.  ​
(647) 370-5850 View (647) 370-5850
Photo of Karen Mitton RSW, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Karen Mitton RSW
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, BEd
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
I am a certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant in Training (CIT) serving adults and youth (trained under Ana Gomez).
I do integrative work with adults and children. (If approached to work with a child, I first do a series of individual sessions with parents in order to scan for and process their own histories that may be feeding the triggers their children set off in them.) I am currently providing DBR (Deep Brain Reorienting) therapy shaped by my former uses of EMDR, Brainspotting, parts work (guided by structural dissociation theory), Theraplay, SSP and sand tray techniques. Lenses that guide my practice include trauma, attachment, consent, systems, anti-racist and loving justice. Practice hours are 9-5pm weekdays.
I am a certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant in Training (CIT) serving adults and youth (trained under Ana Gomez).
I do integrative work with adults and children. (If approached to work with a child, I first do a series of individual sessions with parents in order to scan for and process their own histories that may be feeding the triggers their children set off in them.) I am currently providing DBR (Deep Brain Reorienting) therapy shaped by my former uses of EMDR, Brainspotting, parts work (guided by structural dissociation theory), Theraplay, SSP and sand tray techniques. Lenses that guide my practice include trauma, attachment, consent, systems, anti-racist and loving justice. Practice hours are 9-5pm weekdays.
(844) 913-7347 View (844) 913-7347
Photo of Alex St John, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Alex St John
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CSAT-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5B
Waitlist for new clients
I do this through integrating my trainings in Narrative Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, EMDR, CBT, DBT, EFT, Trauma Focused - CBT, Gottman Couples Counselling, and as CSAT-S Certified Addiction Counsellor, into the conversations with folks i work with.
Starting or resuming therapy can be difficult, I commend you on taking the step towards support. I believe each individual brings their own experiences and perspectives to therapy. Through collaboration, we can better understand how the cycles and thoughts that may cause you to feel stuck or cause distressed can be shifted to create change and inspire hope. My practice is client centered, and connection focused. I believe through creating a validating and safe space to process difficulties, important skills can be learned that will help create change in your life.
I do this through integrating my trainings in Narrative Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, EMDR, CBT, DBT, EFT, Trauma Focused - CBT, Gottman Couples Counselling, and as CSAT-S Certified Addiction Counsellor, into the conversations with folks i work with.
Starting or resuming therapy can be difficult, I commend you on taking the step towards support. I believe each individual brings their own experiences and perspectives to therapy. Through collaboration, we can better understand how the cycles and thoughts that may cause you to feel stuck or cause distressed can be shifted to create change and inspire hope. My practice is client centered, and connection focused. I believe through creating a validating and safe space to process difficulties, important skills can be learned that will help create change in your life.
(437) 800-1957 View (437) 800-1957
Photo of Shaun Ali, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Shaun Ali
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5R  (Online Only)
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Overworked? Overstressed? Getting nowhere? Feel like you need a change? I have assisted many individuals in clarifying what they want out of life and then helping them achieve their goals. I am a registered social worker with over 17 years of healthcare experience in various mental health settings. I have completed my studies in Social Work at McGill University, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, I have also completed a post-masters certificate from the School of Social Work at New York University.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Overworked? Overstressed? Getting nowhere? Feel like you need a change? I have assisted many individuals in clarifying what they want out of life and then helping them achieve their goals. I am a registered social worker with over 17 years of healthcare experience in various mental health settings. I have completed my studies in Social Work at McGill University, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, I have also completed a post-masters certificate from the School of Social Work at New York University.
(647) 699-1907 View (647) 699-1907
Photo of Yzobela (Isabella) Hyett Perinatal Therapy, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Yzobela (Isabella) Hyett Perinatal Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, PMH-C
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4C  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
We set goals collaboratively, find the practical tools and approaches (ACT, IFS, EMDR) that help you to stay regulated and effective, addressing current concerns or going deeper, as you need.
Specializing in Pregnancy/Postpartum and Women's issues. You are not broken - you are dealing with stress, grief, or trauma, as well as family, relationships, and work. You're feeling overwhelmed - your big emotions or negative thoughts are running the show, and you're looking for ways to feel more centred and in control. Therapy provides a safe, compassionate space where we can tap into our own wisdom and learn how to show up in our lives as the people we want to be. I can help you make sense of how you got here, get clarity on the inner conflicts that are making you feel stuck, and find a clearer vision of your path to wellness.
We set goals collaboratively, find the practical tools and approaches (ACT, IFS, EMDR) that help you to stay regulated and effective, addressing current concerns or going deeper, as you need.
Specializing in Pregnancy/Postpartum and Women's issues. You are not broken - you are dealing with stress, grief, or trauma, as well as family, relationships, and work. You're feeling overwhelmed - your big emotions or negative thoughts are running the show, and you're looking for ways to feel more centred and in control. Therapy provides a safe, compassionate space where we can tap into our own wisdom and learn how to show up in our lives as the people we want to be. I can help you make sense of how you got here, get clarity on the inner conflicts that are making you feel stuck, and find a clearer vision of your path to wellness.
(647) 492-9449 View (647) 492-9449
Photo of Brigitte Neufeld, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Brigitte Neufeld
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5N  (Online Only)
I specialize in the treatment of trauma-related issues such as PTSD, complex PTSD (childhood or ongoing abuse or neglect), Addictions, Anxiety and Depression. I use evidence-based therapeutic approaches of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS), along with a range of other therapeutic components that are research informed. My philosophy is that the psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of a person all work together as an integrative whole and are ideally treated from this perspective in order to restore balanced living.
I specialize in the treatment of trauma-related issues such as PTSD, complex PTSD (childhood or ongoing abuse or neglect), Addictions, Anxiety and Depression. I use evidence-based therapeutic approaches of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS), along with a range of other therapeutic components that are research informed. My philosophy is that the psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of a person all work together as an integrative whole and are ideally treated from this perspective in order to restore balanced living.
(647) 697-4547 View (647) 697-4547
Photo of Derek Shin, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Derek Shin
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M3C  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I'm a Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Psychology who has been practicing and studying Mindfulness for the past 25 years. I also have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Meditation. Every therapeutic tool I use in our work together is something I use in my daily life so I can be at my best as a Father, Husband, Son, Brother, Friend, and Community Member. My approach to our work together is that of a collaboration between adults seeking to understand the best path for your Health and Happiness.
I'm a Registered Psychotherapist with a Masters Degree in Psychology who has been practicing and studying Mindfulness for the past 25 years. I also have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Meditation. Every therapeutic tool I use in our work together is something I use in my daily life so I can be at my best as a Father, Husband, Son, Brother, Friend, and Community Member. My approach to our work together is that of a collaboration between adults seeking to understand the best path for your Health and Happiness.
(647) 370-1498 View (647) 370-1498
Photo of Hannah E. Peck | Psychotherapy And Supervision, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Hannah E. Peck | Psychotherapy And Supervision
Registered Psychotherapist, CCC, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5S  (Online Only)
I use therapies designed to treat trauma, primarily Internal Family Systems and EMDR, as well as attachment theory, to help you make sense of your symptoms, find self-compassion, and process the past.
I help adults heal from trauma, childhood abuse and neglect, and bullying, allowing them to feel more connected to themselves, to others, and to the life they want to live. Low self-esteem, extreme emotions, intrusive thoughts, social anxiety, and negative body image don't have to get in the way of your relationships and life goals. With therapy, you can improve how you feel toward yourself, find inner calm, and learn how to feel safe and secure in the present.
I use therapies designed to treat trauma, primarily Internal Family Systems and EMDR, as well as attachment theory, to help you make sense of your symptoms, find self-compassion, and process the past.
I help adults heal from trauma, childhood abuse and neglect, and bullying, allowing them to feel more connected to themselves, to others, and to the life they want to live. Low self-esteem, extreme emotions, intrusive thoughts, social anxiety, and negative body image don't have to get in the way of your relationships and life goals. With therapy, you can improve how you feel toward yourself, find inner calm, and learn how to feel safe and secure in the present.
(613) 801-8056 View (613) 801-8056
Photo of Blue Rabbit Psychotherapy , Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Blue Rabbit Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6J  (Online Only)
Blue Rabbit Psychotherapy is an online therapy clinic providing individual, couple, and family therapy sessions when and where you need them. Our therapists work with people who need a client-focused approach to therapy. Using modern, evidence-led methods such as EMDR, internal family systems (IFS), somatic modalities, and many other treatment methods, we create a custom plan with you to support your wellness goals. At Blue Rabbit, we consider your humanity first and, using a non-judgmental, relational style, offer authentic connection as our best treatment method. We're here to help the world feel better, one human at a time.
Blue Rabbit Psychotherapy is an online therapy clinic providing individual, couple, and family therapy sessions when and where you need them. Our therapists work with people who need a client-focused approach to therapy. Using modern, evidence-led methods such as EMDR, internal family systems (IFS), somatic modalities, and many other treatment methods, we create a custom plan with you to support your wellness goals. At Blue Rabbit, we consider your humanity first and, using a non-judgmental, relational style, offer authentic connection as our best treatment method. We're here to help the world feel better, one human at a time.
(365) 800-6907 View (365) 800-6907
Photo of Louise C. B. Wall, Occupational Therapist in Toronto, ON
Louise C. B. Wall
Occupational Therapist
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6R  (Online Only)
With decades of experience, I am committed to & passionate about providing compassionate trauma & mental health support. I'm trained in a range of both cutting-edge & "tried & true" modalities. I've worked in teaching hospitals & private practice with physical, emotional & sexual trauma; childhood trauma; PTSD; depression/anxiety; relationships & with clients who just feel stuck. Weaving together neuroscience-based treatments; Gestalt & Existential Therapies; Somatics; IFS; EMDR; Psychedelic prep/integration (KAP), treatments are tailored for YOUR unique needs. I strive to recognise & support cultural, racial & gender differences.
With decades of experience, I am committed to & passionate about providing compassionate trauma & mental health support. I'm trained in a range of both cutting-edge & "tried & true" modalities. I've worked in teaching hospitals & private practice with physical, emotional & sexual trauma; childhood trauma; PTSD; depression/anxiety; relationships & with clients who just feel stuck. Weaving together neuroscience-based treatments; Gestalt & Existential Therapies; Somatics; IFS; EMDR; Psychedelic prep/integration (KAP), treatments are tailored for YOUR unique needs. I strive to recognise & support cultural, racial & gender differences.
View
Photo of Emily Palermo, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Emily Palermo
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6G  (Online Only)
I utilize a variety of evidence-based practices unique to the individual including EMDR.
Do you struggle with overthinking or negative self talk? Do you feel anxious in social situations, during conflict, or have difficulties expressing your needs? My approach to therapy is not only helping you cope with your struggles, but also work towards resolving them and strengthening your relationships with others. I believe that you have the inner workings to heal and live a meaningful life based on your values. It can be difficult to navigate the therapy world and I commend you on taking the first step in seeking help. If you have already started your healing journey I welcome the opportunity to collaborate.
I utilize a variety of evidence-based practices unique to the individual including EMDR.
Do you struggle with overthinking or negative self talk? Do you feel anxious in social situations, during conflict, or have difficulties expressing your needs? My approach to therapy is not only helping you cope with your struggles, but also work towards resolving them and strengthening your relationships with others. I believe that you have the inner workings to heal and live a meaningful life based on your values. It can be difficult to navigate the therapy world and I commend you on taking the first step in seeking help. If you have already started your healing journey I welcome the opportunity to collaborate.
(437) 500-6324 View (437) 500-6324
Photo of Dara Klug, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Dara Klug
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M6R  (Online Only)
Therapeutic approaches like EMDR and Somatic therapy are used to help safely address the traumas that persistently affect and dysregulate the nervous system and to support in re-training the brain and body to function more adaptively and with more ease.
Life is beautiful but it is also hard, exhausting, sad, messy and temperamental. Coping with the intense pressures and stress we face can be very challenging and isolating. I believe therapy is about having a relationship where we can safely and authentically explore and discover where we tend to hide parts of ourselves, run away, and hold back our truth from the world. Together we will explore this in a manner that welcomes and supports your whole being to foster an ongoing process of self-awareness, healing and self development - and towards you moving in the world with greater resiliency, authenticity and a deeper sense of self.
Therapeutic approaches like EMDR and Somatic therapy are used to help safely address the traumas that persistently affect and dysregulate the nervous system and to support in re-training the brain and body to function more adaptively and with more ease.
Life is beautiful but it is also hard, exhausting, sad, messy and temperamental. Coping with the intense pressures and stress we face can be very challenging and isolating. I believe therapy is about having a relationship where we can safely and authentically explore and discover where we tend to hide parts of ourselves, run away, and hold back our truth from the world. Together we will explore this in a manner that welcomes and supports your whole being to foster an ongoing process of self-awareness, healing and self development - and towards you moving in the world with greater resiliency, authenticity and a deeper sense of self.
View
Photo of Ruby Rowan, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Ruby Rowan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M6H  (Online Only)
I mostly rely on theories of intersectionality, feminism, attachment, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, embodiment, CBT, DBT, and I am trauma informed.
My approach to therapy is practical, creative, humorous, and interactive. Engaging in therapy is a vulnerable and courageous step, and I aim to foster a comfortable, collaborative process. When the tools and skills that were previously helpful are no longer working, I support clients to cultivate new coping skills, and identify potential areas for change and/or acceptance. I am a seasoned therapist who is able to draw from a variety of modalities depending on what comes up for the client.
I mostly rely on theories of intersectionality, feminism, attachment, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, embodiment, CBT, DBT, and I am trauma informed.
My approach to therapy is practical, creative, humorous, and interactive. Engaging in therapy is a vulnerable and courageous step, and I aim to foster a comfortable, collaborative process. When the tools and skills that were previously helpful are no longer working, I support clients to cultivate new coping skills, and identify potential areas for change and/or acceptance. I am a seasoned therapist who is able to draw from a variety of modalities depending on what comes up for the client.
View
Photo of Gwen Merrick Therapy, Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, ON
Gwen Merrick Therapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MHsc
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M4M  (Online Only)
I'm not broken, just bent - as the wise Pink once said, we are never truly "broken," just human. Each of our unique experiences, traumas, biology, and environment have all played a role in shaping our current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. And the good news is, meaningful and lasting change is possible for everyone. When we work together, we'll start by gaining an understanding of what brought you to therapy. From there, we'll dive deeper, uncovering the underlying patterns and root causes behind your struggles. My approach blends evidence-based modalities like EMDR with the wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit.
I'm not broken, just bent - as the wise Pink once said, we are never truly "broken," just human. Each of our unique experiences, traumas, biology, and environment have all played a role in shaping our current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. And the good news is, meaningful and lasting change is possible for everyone. When we work together, we'll start by gaining an understanding of what brought you to therapy. From there, we'll dive deeper, uncovering the underlying patterns and root causes behind your struggles. My approach blends evidence-based modalities like EMDR with the wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit.
(647) 490-8428 View (647) 490-8428
Photo of Joanne Kirzner, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Joanne Kirzner, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Toronto, ON M5M  (Online Only)
I am a warm, engaging, insightful and eclectic psychotherapist with a keen interest in people and the process of change. I have built my career in the mental health system, working with diverse populations who present with anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship issues, trauma, family of origin issues, bi-polar disorder, etc. I also have a background in addiction work and work from both a harm-reduction and abstinence based model. We start the therapy process where you are. Some of the modalities I employ are CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy and narrative therapy.
I am a warm, engaging, insightful and eclectic psychotherapist with a keen interest in people and the process of change. I have built my career in the mental health system, working with diverse populations who present with anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship issues, trauma, family of origin issues, bi-polar disorder, etc. I also have a background in addiction work and work from both a harm-reduction and abstinence based model. We start the therapy process where you are. Some of the modalities I employ are CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy and narrative therapy.
(289) 312-0864 View (289) 312-0864
Photo of Gillian Saunders, Registered Social Worker in Toronto, ON
Gillian Saunders
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CSAT(C)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M4S  (Online Only)
Trained in EMDR, brainspotting, CBT, DBT and CPT, there is not a one size fits all approach.
Welcome! Like most of us, you are likely juggling work, family and other responsibilities. My goal as a therapist is not to keep you in therapy forever, but to help you overcome obstacles that are getting in the way of being the best version of you. The clients I work with live busy lives, both personally and professional and often either grappling with addiction, or are closely linked to someone that may be struggling. My hope is to assist you in discovering and naming these challenges, process and find closure around them, while working towards your transformation to be free of shame, distress and difficult memories.
Trained in EMDR, brainspotting, CBT, DBT and CPT, there is not a one size fits all approach.
Welcome! Like most of us, you are likely juggling work, family and other responsibilities. My goal as a therapist is not to keep you in therapy forever, but to help you overcome obstacles that are getting in the way of being the best version of you. The clients I work with live busy lives, both personally and professional and often either grappling with addiction, or are closely linked to someone that may be struggling. My hope is to assist you in discovering and naming these challenges, process and find closure around them, while working towards your transformation to be free of shame, distress and difficult memories.
(647) 560-7714 View (647) 560-7714
Photo of Hartwell Counselling, Ltd, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in Toronto, ON
Hartwell Counselling, Ltd
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Toronto, ON M5S  (Online Only)
EMDR is a unique and innovative form of psychotherapy that enables individuals to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences.
When was the last time you experienced harmony with your core principles? At Hartwell Counselling, I provide a compassionate and transformative therapy rooted in evidence-based practices such as EMDR. EMDR which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and its the gold standard for treating and processing trauma. EMDR reduces trauma symptoms in a shorter time frame than the traditional talk therapy. Many clients have reported a reduction of traumatic symptoms after the initial few sessions of EMDR. EMDR is not a magic cure for trauma but it might produce some symptoms relief.
EMDR is a unique and innovative form of psychotherapy that enables individuals to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences.
When was the last time you experienced harmony with your core principles? At Hartwell Counselling, I provide a compassionate and transformative therapy rooted in evidence-based practices such as EMDR. EMDR which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and its the gold standard for treating and processing trauma. EMDR reduces trauma symptoms in a shorter time frame than the traditional talk therapy. Many clients have reported a reduction of traumatic symptoms after the initial few sessions of EMDR. EMDR is not a magic cure for trauma but it might produce some symptoms relief.
(437) 291-8322 View (437) 291-8322

See more therapy options for Toronto

EMDR Counsellors

Who is EMDR for?

EMDR was initially developed as a treatment for individuals with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for whom memories of a deeply distressing experience can be inadvertently triggered by random everyday events. The procedure has since been applied in the treatment of many other conditions. For example, it is used by some therapists to treat anxiety disorders including panic and phobias, depression, dissociative disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and some personality disorders. It is suitable for adolescents and adults.

Why do people need EMDR?

People need EMDR as a way to manage distressing memories that in some way hamper the ability to function in the present. The procedure is believed to target the way memories are stored in the brain. Evidence indicates that past disturbing experiences cause ongoing distress because they were not adequately processed, and when such memories are triggered in the present, they are accompanied by all the emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations as the initial experience.

What problems does EMDR treat?

First and foremost, EMDR is intended as a treatment for PTSD, to defuse distressing memories that intrude on and impair everyday functioning. It is also often used to help those who are subject to panic attacks, phobias, and other forms of anxiety. In addition, EMDR has been used to treat individuals with depression, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

What happens in EMDR therapy?

First the therapist takes an individual’s history, and then the therapist and client decide which distressing experience(s) will be the target(s) of the exercise, delivered via a side-to-side visual stimulus requiring lateral eye movements. The client will be asked to activate thoughts, feelings, and any body sensations related to the troubling experience. The eye movements are said to reduce the emotional charge of the memory, so that the experience can then be safely discussed with the therapist and digested, minimising its ability to trigger anxiety.