EMDR Therapists in San Jose, CA

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Christian Porto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95116
My name is Christian Porto, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in San Diego, California, and working with clients state-wide via telehealth. My therapeutic approach is supportive and varies based on the needs of each client. I specialize in trauma-focused therapy, and I am trained in EMDR. I also frequently use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients heal and develop a more positive outlook on life.
My name is Christian Porto, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in San Diego, California, and working with clients state-wide via telehealth. My therapeutic approach is supportive and varies based on the needs of each client. I specialize in trauma-focused therapy, and I am trained in EMDR. I also frequently use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients heal and develop a more positive outlook on life.
(650) 203-2810 View (650) 203-2810
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Hong Jeong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95125
I specialize in trauma processing and am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
We all go through emotional storms where we feel emotionally and physically stuck; we worry too much and lose control of ourselves. Do you find yourself thrown off balance by your childhood trauma? Childhood traumatic experiences such as abandonment, abuse, and neglect lead to social anxiety. My approach is solution-focused and tailored to your needs and goals. I am committed to providing a profound sense of safety and offering compassionate and actionable guidance to all my clients.
I specialize in trauma processing and am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
We all go through emotional storms where we feel emotionally and physically stuck; we worry too much and lose control of ourselves. Do you find yourself thrown off balance by your childhood trauma? Childhood traumatic experiences such as abandonment, abuse, and neglect lead to social anxiety. My approach is solution-focused and tailored to your needs and goals. I am committed to providing a profound sense of safety and offering compassionate and actionable guidance to all my clients.
(213) 463-8321 View (213) 463-8321
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Lisa M. Ayala
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124
NOT ACCEPTING CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. I am trained in EMDR and in the process of becoming certified. EMDR is an amazing tool to help heal the effects of trauma and complicated grief. I have an open minded and open-hearted spiritual approach. I am experienced in helping people who are experiencing loss/ grief, PTSD and anxiety/mood disorders. Life can be difficult, unpredictable and even tragic at times. Are you ready to develop the tools to cope with difficult emotions and heal?
NOT ACCEPTING CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. I am trained in EMDR and in the process of becoming certified. EMDR is an amazing tool to help heal the effects of trauma and complicated grief. I have an open minded and open-hearted spiritual approach. I am experienced in helping people who are experiencing loss/ grief, PTSD and anxiety/mood disorders. Life can be difficult, unpredictable and even tragic at times. Are you ready to develop the tools to cope with difficult emotions and heal?
(408) 583-5794 View (408) 583-5794
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Cynthia Barrios
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95119  (Online Only)
Cynthia has nineteen years of experience as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. In addition, she is Certified in DBT and EMDR. Her areas of expertise are in: Trauma, Depression, Anxiety and Life Transitions.
Cynthia has nineteen years of experience as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. In addition, she is Certified in DBT and EMDR. Her areas of expertise are in: Trauma, Depression, Anxiety and Life Transitions.
(408) 837-7381 View (408) 837-7381
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Hazzel Angulo
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
I am trained in EMDR therapy, which is designed to reduce the emotional intensity attached to the disturbing memories through the use of eye movements or tapping, resulting in a reduction of symptomology.
Trauma, anxiety, and addiction can make you feel stuck. The most important step towards healing is to address the unresolved emotion inside you. Healing requires feelings. Acceptance slowly dissolves pain. When we function from the fear and scarring of our trauma, the cycles continue until we learn how to transmute that energy into love. I apply a Holistic approach that integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forms of well-being, addressing the “whole” self. Through a holistic framework tailored to your unique needs, the goal is to support you develop a deeper understanding of the self on all these levels.
I am trained in EMDR therapy, which is designed to reduce the emotional intensity attached to the disturbing memories through the use of eye movements or tapping, resulting in a reduction of symptomology.
Trauma, anxiety, and addiction can make you feel stuck. The most important step towards healing is to address the unresolved emotion inside you. Healing requires feelings. Acceptance slowly dissolves pain. When we function from the fear and scarring of our trauma, the cycles continue until we learn how to transmute that energy into love. I apply a Holistic approach that integrates physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual forms of well-being, addressing the “whole” self. Through a holistic framework tailored to your unique needs, the goal is to support you develop a deeper understanding of the self on all these levels.
(408) 351-0990 View (408) 351-0990
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Dr. Invia A. Betjoseph
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, CSAT
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, trained in EMDR specializing in sex addictions, couples therapy and trauma.
Do you find yourself making excuses for your secret, compulsive sexual behaviors, thinking that you can stop at any time? You may think that watching porn is not a big deal, because "Everybody does it." The truth is you have been saying, "This is the last time" for years now, and if you are in a committed relationship, then your partner is feeling angry, betrayed and confused. Problematic sexual behaviors can leave you feeling shame and guilt fraught with fear and anxiety. For 15 years, by creating a safe and confidential environment, using specific tools, I have helped distressed people move past their damaging choices and heal.
I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, trained in EMDR specializing in sex addictions, couples therapy and trauma.
Do you find yourself making excuses for your secret, compulsive sexual behaviors, thinking that you can stop at any time? You may think that watching porn is not a big deal, because "Everybody does it." The truth is you have been saying, "This is the last time" for years now, and if you are in a committed relationship, then your partner is feeling angry, betrayed and confused. Problematic sexual behaviors can leave you feeling shame and guilt fraught with fear and anxiety. For 15 years, by creating a safe and confidential environment, using specific tools, I have helped distressed people move past their damaging choices and heal.
(408) 809-1063 View (408) 809-1063
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Carrie Grabaskas
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, CEDS
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95136
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (VA) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (CA), but you might also call me a confidant or a wellness coach. With 12+ years of counseling experience, I’ve had the privilege to work in various levels of care such as inpatient, residential, crisis counseling, community-based services, outpatient counseling & more. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (VA) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (CA), but you might also call me a confidant or a wellness coach. With 12+ years of counseling experience, I’ve had the privilege to work in various levels of care such as inpatient, residential, crisis counseling, community-based services, outpatient counseling & more. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
(831) 387-7965 View (831) 387-7965
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Elizabeth Case
Counselor, LPCC, EdM, MA, NCC, LCPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95126
I resource over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Counselor and evidence-based practices: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Gottman Couples Therapy.
You are a woman with tremendous strength. You manage the lives of others and keep track of so much. And though there can be moments of great reward, you are tired and notice that in caring for others, some of the most important parts of YOU feel lost. You may not feel as confident or positive as you once did. You may notice that relationships are strained. Work is suffering. You feel stressed, distracted, exhausted. It is time to access resources to help lift you back onto your feet so that you can reconnect with yourself and others.
I resource over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Counselor and evidence-based practices: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Gottman Couples Therapy.
You are a woman with tremendous strength. You manage the lives of others and keep track of so much. And though there can be moments of great reward, you are tired and notice that in caring for others, some of the most important parts of YOU feel lost. You may not feel as confident or positive as you once did. You may notice that relationships are strained. Work is suffering. You feel stressed, distracted, exhausted. It is time to access resources to help lift you back onto your feet so that you can reconnect with yourself and others.
(650) 613-4868 View (650) 613-4868
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Ed Gresick
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSAT, LAADC, EMDR(C), CSOTP
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
My ideal client is motivated to engage in the change process and is willing to follow suggestions and direction that will result in real second order change that is truly life changing. I am uniquely qualified in treating various addictions including alcohol and drug abuse, sex addictions and compulsive behaviors, problem gambling and the many underlying issues involved. I am very effective in getting to and helping my clients resolve the root causes of their addictions. I am very effective in helping clients resolve addiction related issues including self-esteem, codependency, anxiety, anger and trauma using CBT, EMDR and FSAP.
My ideal client is motivated to engage in the change process and is willing to follow suggestions and direction that will result in real second order change that is truly life changing. I am uniquely qualified in treating various addictions including alcohol and drug abuse, sex addictions and compulsive behaviors, problem gambling and the many underlying issues involved. I am very effective in getting to and helping my clients resolve the root causes of their addictions. I am very effective in helping clients resolve addiction related issues including self-esteem, codependency, anxiety, anger and trauma using CBT, EMDR and FSAP.
(408) 498-5610 View (408) 498-5610
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Lupine Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95127  (Online Only)
I am trained in Eye Movement Desentization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
I enjoy supporting a wide variety of populations, but I find myself most able to support mothers in their pregnancies, their postpartum period and sometimes, their loss. My clients come to me because they are adjusting to the major life change of becoming a mother or sometimes having to make difficult health choices that they never anticipated needing to make. I also work with adults who have been hurt by life; people who have experienced traumatic events and are ready to not be defined by their trauma anymore.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desentization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
I enjoy supporting a wide variety of populations, but I find myself most able to support mothers in their pregnancies, their postpartum period and sometimes, their loss. My clients come to me because they are adjusting to the major life change of becoming a mother or sometimes having to make difficult health choices that they never anticipated needing to make. I also work with adults who have been hurt by life; people who have experienced traumatic events and are ready to not be defined by their trauma anymore.
(408) 669-4071 View (408) 669-4071
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Cristina M. Collada
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95117
My approach is supportive, direct, and problem-focused. I utilize evidenced-based approaches including EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-based techniques. With over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, I have extensive training and knowledge in the Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of a variety of mental health issues including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Addiction, Psychotic Disorders, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Self-esteem Issues, Grief and Loss. I also have extensive experience responding to critical incidents including mass shootings and natural disasters.
My approach is supportive, direct, and problem-focused. I utilize evidenced-based approaches including EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-based techniques. With over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors, I have extensive training and knowledge in the Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of a variety of mental health issues including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Addiction, Psychotic Disorders, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Self-esteem Issues, Grief and Loss. I also have extensive experience responding to critical incidents including mass shootings and natural disasters.
(408) 549-8980 View (408) 549-8980
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Christine Cain
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ABD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95126
Waitlist for new clients
Ease, change and joy are accessible. I know you can emerge from distress. I have seen radical growth-- again and again. My therapeutic approach is designed for each person's individual internal world. I design each session using a variety of active and engaged interventions, like EMDR, IFS, and expressive arts. We work to uncover the hurt parts that have taken over your life. The “stuck-ness” seems to dissipate. In an atmosphere of love and total acceptance, I use proven interventions to bring awareness and internal movement.
Ease, change and joy are accessible. I know you can emerge from distress. I have seen radical growth-- again and again. My therapeutic approach is designed for each person's individual internal world. I design each session using a variety of active and engaged interventions, like EMDR, IFS, and expressive arts. We work to uncover the hurt parts that have taken over your life. The “stuck-ness” seems to dissipate. In an atmosphere of love and total acceptance, I use proven interventions to bring awareness and internal movement.
(408) 351-0786 View (408) 351-0786
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Jessica Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95136
I am EMDR trained, a TBRI Practioner, and adoption competent.
I specialize in supporting children and adults who have experienced childhood trauma, other trauma, foster care, and adoption; as well as parents of children with these experiences. I have been working with children and adults for over 15 years both as a social worker and LCSW. Being a foster and adoptive mom as well, I have both personal and professional experience with childhood trauma, foster care, and adoption.
I am EMDR trained, a TBRI Practioner, and adoption competent.
I specialize in supporting children and adults who have experienced childhood trauma, other trauma, foster care, and adoption; as well as parents of children with these experiences. I have been working with children and adults for over 15 years both as a social worker and LCSW. Being a foster and adoptive mom as well, I have both personal and professional experience with childhood trauma, foster care, and adoption.
(408) 668-1526 View (408) 668-1526
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Dorise Hebenstreit
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
I specialize in EMDR and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help overcome trauma-related difficulties.
My focus is to help individuals and families heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship/family issues. As the therapeutic area of concern is introduced, we can begin to work together in developing empowerment of self as we set up together healthy and achievable goals. I aim to establish include compassion, good communication and trust. In our relationship then I will work alongside you to develop your own coping tools. My approach is a person-centered (positive type) direction to further your strengths and resilience which is tailored towards your specific goals and needs.
I specialize in EMDR and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help overcome trauma-related difficulties.
My focus is to help individuals and families heal from anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship/family issues. As the therapeutic area of concern is introduced, we can begin to work together in developing empowerment of self as we set up together healthy and achievable goals. I aim to establish include compassion, good communication and trust. In our relationship then I will work alongside you to develop your own coping tools. My approach is a person-centered (positive type) direction to further your strengths and resilience which is tailored towards your specific goals and needs.
(408) 459-6634 View (408) 459-6634
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Minoo Mehdikhan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124
My specialization is in the area of stress, mood disorder, trauma, relationship problems, ADD, ADHD, autism, asperger disorder, speech disorder and learning disability. My orientation is eclectic, psychodynamic, hypnotherapy, EMDR, and EEG Neurofeedback. I work with adults, adolescents, as well as children.
My specialization is in the area of stress, mood disorder, trauma, relationship problems, ADD, ADHD, autism, asperger disorder, speech disorder and learning disability. My orientation is eclectic, psychodynamic, hypnotherapy, EMDR, and EEG Neurofeedback. I work with adults, adolescents, as well as children.
(408) 883-5394 View (408) 883-5394
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David A. Cordero
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95128
I also provide EMDR therapy if you are looking to heal from any traumatic or negative life experiences.
Welcome! You probably came across my profile because you are dealing with persistent negative thoughts, emotions, behaviors, addictions/habits, stressors, pain, or relational issues that don't seem to improve. You are tired and want change. Fortunately, we have many techniques that can help you feel better or improve your current situation so that you can get back to living and enjoying the life you want. If you are looking for more in depth work, I enjoy helping individuals heal from their attachment wounds and traumas, overcome their shame, develop a positive relationship with themselves, and become their best self.
I also provide EMDR therapy if you are looking to heal from any traumatic or negative life experiences.
Welcome! You probably came across my profile because you are dealing with persistent negative thoughts, emotions, behaviors, addictions/habits, stressors, pain, or relational issues that don't seem to improve. You are tired and want change. Fortunately, we have many techniques that can help you feel better or improve your current situation so that you can get back to living and enjoying the life you want. If you are looking for more in depth work, I enjoy helping individuals heal from their attachment wounds and traumas, overcome their shame, develop a positive relationship with themselves, and become their best self.
(408) 583-5190 View (408) 583-5190
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Nancy Nguyen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PPSC, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95124  (Online Only)
I am a trauma-informed clinician with IFS and EMDR certification.
You may be feeling stuck, hopeless, defeated. You may be stuck in a cycle of depression and/or anxiety. You may be questioning your purpose and the path you've been on. You may be struggling with a life transition or a new role. I believe each individual and circumstance is unique, and as such, take great care in my assessments to get to know you. As a trauma therapist, I am sensitive to what you've been through and where you want to go. Along the journey we will discover marked paths and reveal new insights.
I am a trauma-informed clinician with IFS and EMDR certification.
You may be feeling stuck, hopeless, defeated. You may be stuck in a cycle of depression and/or anxiety. You may be questioning your purpose and the path you've been on. You may be struggling with a life transition or a new role. I believe each individual and circumstance is unique, and as such, take great care in my assessments to get to know you. As a trauma therapist, I am sensitive to what you've been through and where you want to go. Along the journey we will discover marked paths and reveal new insights.
(831) 322-0412 View (831) 322-0412
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Patty Marsette
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95130  (Online Only)
My training as a licensed MFT has taught me to treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship problems and trauma. I also have advanced training and experience working with PTSD, past trauma, panic and phobias. My goal and passion is to provide you with the tools to create and maintain life-affirming change in order to lead a more balanced and empowered life. I am EMDR trained, which is a powerful method for releasing past trauma and the depression and anxieties that go with it.
My training as a licensed MFT has taught me to treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, parenting issues, relationship problems and trauma. I also have advanced training and experience working with PTSD, past trauma, panic and phobias. My goal and passion is to provide you with the tools to create and maintain life-affirming change in order to lead a more balanced and empowered life. I am EMDR trained, which is a powerful method for releasing past trauma and the depression and anxieties that go with it.
(408) 882-1521 View (408) 882-1521
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Jennifer Lovelace
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95128  (Online Only)
I have worked with a myriad of individuals and families who come from various cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and have treated issues related to interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I use different therapeutic modalities to include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients achieve their individual goals.
I have worked with a myriad of individuals and families who come from various cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and have treated issues related to interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I use different therapeutic modalities to include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients achieve their individual goals.
(510) 544-6703 View (510) 544-6703
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Lauren Gogarty
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Jose, CA 95129  (Online Only)
These can include EMDR, IFS and CBT.
It takes courage to look for a therapist, so I try to make it as painless as possible! I help people who might feel anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed or who are just stuck in patterns, jobs or relationships that are making them unhappy. If you feel like you are struggling in some way, whether it is related to your mood, relationships, or just with where you are in life right now, contact me, we can work together to sort things out. Send a quick email through here, then I will follow up with a call. If we are a good fit then we get started.
These can include EMDR, IFS and CBT.
It takes courage to look for a therapist, so I try to make it as painless as possible! I help people who might feel anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed or who are just stuck in patterns, jobs or relationships that are making them unhappy. If you feel like you are struggling in some way, whether it is related to your mood, relationships, or just with where you are in life right now, contact me, we can work together to sort things out. Send a quick email through here, then I will follow up with a call. If we are a good fit then we get started.
(831) 508-3617 View (831) 508-3617
EMDR Therapists

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, minimizing its ability to trigger anxiety.