EMDR Therapists in Oregon

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Robin Hutchins
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS, QMHP
Verified Verified
Medford, OR 97501
I am certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and offer Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), a trauma intervention that can help reduce the processing needed to resolve adverse life experiences.
Are you a teen, adult or parent with a child seeking to resolve trauma-related symptoms, increase emotional regulation, reduce anxiety or depression and wanting to improve your relationships? It can be valuable to explore your story openly with someone who is fully present to listen, who honors your individuality, inner wisdom and personal strengths, and who strives to create an environment of calm acceptance, trust and support where you can feel safe to work toward your goals for health and wellbeing.
I am certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and offer Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), a trauma intervention that can help reduce the processing needed to resolve adverse life experiences.
Are you a teen, adult or parent with a child seeking to resolve trauma-related symptoms, increase emotional regulation, reduce anxiety or depression and wanting to improve your relationships? It can be valuable to explore your story openly with someone who is fully present to listen, who honors your individuality, inner wisdom and personal strengths, and who strives to create an environment of calm acceptance, trust and support where you can feel safe to work toward your goals for health and wellbeing.
(458) 236-5360 View (458) 236-5360
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Noah Carolan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
I specialize in EMDR, and in other treatment methods helping clients to deal with trauma, negative self-esteem, and tendencies to avoid (emotions, relationships, and challenging life tasks).
Hello, I am a therapist who specializes in trauma and trauma-related issues. I have worked successfully with many people who struggle to fully heal from past difficulties from different periods of their lives. I have also helped individuals who have faced family transitions, or emotionally damaging situations from childhood, or early childhood. There is not just one single issue or symptom that I work with; instead I have found that trauma can present itself in many different ways. Depression, anxiety, relational problems, shame, avoidance, and addictions (to name a few), all can result from past losses and emotional wounds.
I specialize in EMDR, and in other treatment methods helping clients to deal with trauma, negative self-esteem, and tendencies to avoid (emotions, relationships, and challenging life tasks).
Hello, I am a therapist who specializes in trauma and trauma-related issues. I have worked successfully with many people who struggle to fully heal from past difficulties from different periods of their lives. I have also helped individuals who have faced family transitions, or emotionally damaging situations from childhood, or early childhood. There is not just one single issue or symptom that I work with; instead I have found that trauma can present itself in many different ways. Depression, anxiety, relational problems, shame, avoidance, and addictions (to name a few), all can result from past losses and emotional wounds.
(541) 326-0019 View (541) 326-0019
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Nicole Landis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Bend, OR 97702  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I also provide EMDR therapy for those seeking to work through trauma.
My goal as your therapist is to help you reach your full potential. Life is not always easy, and I help to navigate my clients through a variety of stage of life issues and changes that may come their way. I come from a family systems perspective where my focus is always on the family unit as a whole. I work with families and individuals from a holistic approach to help them discover their strengths, behavior patterns, and healthy solutions. I use evidenced-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems theory to provide effective and professional treatment to my clients.
I also provide EMDR therapy for those seeking to work through trauma.
My goal as your therapist is to help you reach your full potential. Life is not always easy, and I help to navigate my clients through a variety of stage of life issues and changes that may come their way. I come from a family systems perspective where my focus is always on the family unit as a whole. I work with families and individuals from a holistic approach to help them discover their strengths, behavior patterns, and healthy solutions. I use evidenced-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems theory to provide effective and professional treatment to my clients.
(458) 217-5525 View (458) 217-5525
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Laura Krumins
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gresham, OR 97030  (Online Only)
I use approaches that have been proven to be effective for many people: EMDR for trauma, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Exposure & Response Prevention for OCD and other anxiety disorders, and CBT-I for insomnia.
I specialize in treating people who struggle with OCD, anxiety, trauma, and/or insomnia. I strive to help my patients reduce suffering and increase joy and connection by using evidence-based treatments.
I use approaches that have been proven to be effective for many people: EMDR for trauma, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Exposure & Response Prevention for OCD and other anxiety disorders, and CBT-I for insomnia.
I specialize in treating people who struggle with OCD, anxiety, trauma, and/or insomnia. I strive to help my patients reduce suffering and increase joy and connection by using evidence-based treatments.
(971) 365-5247 View (971) 365-5247
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Lauren Summer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205
I am practiced in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, EMDR, and CBT, and frequently incorporate guided meditation in my practice.
Everyone has a different path in therapy. No matter what issues you are struggling with, it is possible to find peace and achieve a more meaningful life. Some of the things I enjoy working with include: childhood trauma, attachment issues, OCD, PTSD, men's issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, divorce, parenting, grief and loss, life transitions, depression, and anxiety.
I am practiced in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, EMDR, and CBT, and frequently incorporate guided meditation in my practice.
Everyone has a different path in therapy. No matter what issues you are struggling with, it is possible to find peace and achieve a more meaningful life. Some of the things I enjoy working with include: childhood trauma, attachment issues, OCD, PTSD, men's issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, divorce, parenting, grief and loss, life transitions, depression, and anxiety.
(971) 256-8351 View (971) 256-8351
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Clark Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CADC II, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97703
Hailey Clark is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and is also trained in EMDR.
Our approach to therapy is grounded in the belief and understanding that the ability to heal and grow is inherent within every human being, and that every human has within them the strengths and wisdom needed to do so. We work with people to help make sense of what causes, triggers, and perpetuates unwanted behaviors with individualized strategies to help you understand and intervene in these cyclical patterns. Our approach entails treating you as a whole, with an emphasis on utilizing mindfulness-based treatments including EMDR, somatic therapies, and Art Therapy.
Hailey Clark is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and is also trained in EMDR.
Our approach to therapy is grounded in the belief and understanding that the ability to heal and grow is inherent within every human being, and that every human has within them the strengths and wisdom needed to do so. We work with people to help make sense of what causes, triggers, and perpetuates unwanted behaviors with individualized strategies to help you understand and intervene in these cyclical patterns. Our approach entails treating you as a whole, with an emphasis on utilizing mindfulness-based treatments including EMDR, somatic therapies, and Art Therapy.
(458) 203-3027 View (458) 203-3027
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Jasmine Rose Penter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
Waitlist for new clients
ART and EMDR are modalities I love to use in my practice.
5/2/24: Waitlist is open. Ideal clients would be tweens, teens or young adults. I can work with individuals and families who are seeking counseling support during a major transition in their lives. This could be surrounding grief and loss, divorce, death, chronic illness, mental illness, or other major life challenges. I have worked with pre-teens, adolescents, families who are homeless, individuals with mental illness, individuals who work in the health care setting, as well as those in hospice. Using a holistic strength based approach, I aim to provide a healing therapeutic environment.
ART and EMDR are modalities I love to use in my practice.
5/2/24: Waitlist is open. Ideal clients would be tweens, teens or young adults. I can work with individuals and families who are seeking counseling support during a major transition in their lives. This could be surrounding grief and loss, divorce, death, chronic illness, mental illness, or other major life challenges. I have worked with pre-teens, adolescents, families who are homeless, individuals with mental illness, individuals who work in the health care setting, as well as those in hospice. Using a holistic strength based approach, I aim to provide a healing therapeutic environment.
(541) 359-0139 View (541) 359-0139
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Central Oregon Family Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT, QMHP, NCC
Verified Verified
Redmond, OR 97756
I offer play therapy, solution focused therapy, EMDR, Trauma Focused CBT, CBT and attachment modalities.
I enjoy working with children, teens, and their families to achieve their goals. I enjoy working with families to support healthier and happier relationships. In addition I am currently offering supervision to interns, contact me for further information. To schedule an appointment or free consult see my website: https://jodi-peterson4774.clientsecure.me/
I offer play therapy, solution focused therapy, EMDR, Trauma Focused CBT, CBT and attachment modalities.
I enjoy working with children, teens, and their families to achieve their goals. I enjoy working with families to support healthier and happier relationships. In addition I am currently offering supervision to interns, contact me for further information. To schedule an appointment or free consult see my website: https://jodi-peterson4774.clientsecure.me/
(458) 224-1659 View (458) 224-1659
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Philomath Counseling, LLC/Jeanne Gregg LCSW, CCPT
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Philomath, OR 97370
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and I am trained in EMDR.
I have over 25 years of experience working with individuals with depression or anxiety or who have experienced trauma or grief. Check out my website at philomathcounseling.com for more information and give me a call or send me an email.
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and I am trained in EMDR.
I have over 25 years of experience working with individuals with depression or anxiety or who have experienced trauma or grief. Check out my website at philomathcounseling.com for more information and give me a call or send me an email.
(541) 435-0703 View (541) 435-0703
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Summit Wellness Counseling, LLC(Aaron Porter, LPC)
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT, QMHP, MS
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Springfield, OR 97477  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Specifically, I use Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and Emotionally Focused models of psychotherapy to support individuals in experiencing lasting changes internally and in relationships.
Currently accepting clients to the Waitlist. Are you longing for relief from stress, anxiety, and emotions following hardships? I help anxious and overwhelmed people feel relief, contentment, and make lasting changes in their lives and relationships. People I work with have often done their best to manage difficult cycles of emotions that they feel inside, and experience in their relationships. Despite their best efforts, they can’t help but notice that stress follows them into many areas of their lives. I help my clients access inner and outer resources they need to heal, grow, and accomplish their goals.
Specifically, I use Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and Emotionally Focused models of psychotherapy to support individuals in experiencing lasting changes internally and in relationships.
Currently accepting clients to the Waitlist. Are you longing for relief from stress, anxiety, and emotions following hardships? I help anxious and overwhelmed people feel relief, contentment, and make lasting changes in their lives and relationships. People I work with have often done their best to manage difficult cycles of emotions that they feel inside, and experience in their relationships. Despite their best efforts, they can’t help but notice that stress follows them into many areas of their lives. I help my clients access inner and outer resources they need to heal, grow, and accomplish their goals.
(541) 203-6698 View (541) 203-6698
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Jacey Bishop
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97216  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am EMDR trained and certified and enjoy working on trauma recovery.
I have worked with survivors of trauma for ten years. As a child survivor of narcissistic and abusive parents myself, I have fallen in love with the work of assisting survivors on their own path to safety, healing, and even joy! I specialize in survivors of narcissistic abuse, especially within adult children of narcissistic parents and intimate partners of narcissists. Having a Narcissist parent/partner is something you can only truly understand if you have experienced it personally, and it is my mission in life to use my own experiences and knowledge to help YOU understand and heal from the impacts of this kind of abuse.
I am EMDR trained and certified and enjoy working on trauma recovery.
I have worked with survivors of trauma for ten years. As a child survivor of narcissistic and abusive parents myself, I have fallen in love with the work of assisting survivors on their own path to safety, healing, and even joy! I specialize in survivors of narcissistic abuse, especially within adult children of narcissistic parents and intimate partners of narcissists. Having a Narcissist parent/partner is something you can only truly understand if you have experienced it personally, and it is my mission in life to use my own experiences and knowledge to help YOU understand and heal from the impacts of this kind of abuse.
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Brooke Caouette
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Happy Valley, OR 97015
I have an eclectic style, utilize EMDR, and tailor each session to your needs and goals.
Trust that gut instinct that’s telling you something has to change and that healing is attainable. You don't have to fix yourself, figure it all out, or change on your own. If you've found yourself constantly pushing forward only to find that anxiety, exhaustion, depression, or loneliness persist and you have yet to find a relationship, substance, life change, or feeling of control that can make it better in any lasting way- it's time to for things to get better. Whether you are struggling with general fatigue from the state of our world or your past experiences have completely caught up to you, I’m here to help.
I have an eclectic style, utilize EMDR, and tailor each session to your needs and goals.
Trust that gut instinct that’s telling you something has to change and that healing is attainable. You don't have to fix yourself, figure it all out, or change on your own. If you've found yourself constantly pushing forward only to find that anxiety, exhaustion, depression, or loneliness persist and you have yet to find a relationship, substance, life change, or feeling of control that can make it better in any lasting way- it's time to for things to get better. Whether you are struggling with general fatigue from the state of our world or your past experiences have completely caught up to you, I’m here to help.
(503) 832-5751 View (503) 832-5751
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Laura Noelle Douglas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Redmond, OR 97756
EMDR is an evidence based trauma treatment I have been using for over six years.
I am available for private pay or insurance clients with a wide range of needs. Specifically trauma treatment, relationship issues, stage of life. Book a consultation today!
EMDR is an evidence based trauma treatment I have been using for over six years.
I am available for private pay or insurance clients with a wide range of needs. Specifically trauma treatment, relationship issues, stage of life. Book a consultation today!
(458) 217-8796 View (458) 217-8796
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Kimberly Michelle Richards
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, M-COUN, ERYT
Verified Verified
Bend, OR 97702
I use EMDR, Somatic mind body modalities, cognitive processing, eco therapy and mindfulness tools.
Making the choice to seek help is incredibly brave, and finding a counselor can be overwhelming. I aim to make the process as safe and effortless as possible, providing individual, family, and couples counseling. We all have a right to belong, be respected, and feel heard and understood. If you experience anxiety, depression, shame, grief and loss, have had traumatic experiences, or relationship difficulties, counseling may help. Together we can find healing, promote connection with others, reduce distress, implement healthy boundaries, and process our hurt to create a better relationship with ourselves, our stories, and our world.
I use EMDR, Somatic mind body modalities, cognitive processing, eco therapy and mindfulness tools.
Making the choice to seek help is incredibly brave, and finding a counselor can be overwhelming. I aim to make the process as safe and effortless as possible, providing individual, family, and couples counseling. We all have a right to belong, be respected, and feel heard and understood. If you experience anxiety, depression, shame, grief and loss, have had traumatic experiences, or relationship difficulties, counseling may help. Together we can find healing, promote connection with others, reduce distress, implement healthy boundaries, and process our hurt to create a better relationship with ourselves, our stories, and our world.
(458) 217-8526 View (458) 217-8526
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Leanna K Jones-Bishop
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC®, CADCI
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Waitlist for new clients
My approach in counseling is to assist you with strengthening your skills and self-awareness through an eclectic approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Prolonged Exposure theories.
I believe that mental health is an important element in the overall wellbeing of all individuals. I employ techniques based on evidenced based practices; to ensure your services are high quality, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate and sensitive to your needs as a consumer. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, CADC, and National Certification through NBCC I have met high national standards and commit to ongoing quality and verified trainings.
My approach in counseling is to assist you with strengthening your skills and self-awareness through an eclectic approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Prolonged Exposure theories.
I believe that mental health is an important element in the overall wellbeing of all individuals. I employ techniques based on evidenced based practices; to ensure your services are high quality, ethically sound, and culturally appropriate and sensitive to your needs as a consumer. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, CADC, and National Certification through NBCC I have met high national standards and commit to ongoing quality and verified trainings.
(503) 461-4757 View (503) 461-4757
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Lourdes Villagran Suarez
Clinical Social Work Associate, CSWA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beaverton, OR 97007  (Online Only)
I utilize solution-focused therapy, CBT, mindfulness practice, EMDR and motivational interviewing, and tailor them.
Do you have difficulty feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Whether it's due to life stressor, feel anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers and their lives. Helping people live better lives is my passion. It could mean learning to set boundaries, getting over a loss or life transition, or helping you change a pattern of behavior that keeps you stuck. As a bilingual and bicultural therapist, I am passionate and dedicated to serve the BIPOC and Latinx community. My approach is to focus on well-being, cultural response, and trauma informed care.
I utilize solution-focused therapy, CBT, mindfulness practice, EMDR and motivational interviewing, and tailor them.
Do you have difficulty feeling disconnected from yourself and others? Whether it's due to life stressor, feel anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers and their lives. Helping people live better lives is my passion. It could mean learning to set boundaries, getting over a loss or life transition, or helping you change a pattern of behavior that keeps you stuck. As a bilingual and bicultural therapist, I am passionate and dedicated to serve the BIPOC and Latinx community. My approach is to focus on well-being, cultural response, and trauma informed care.
(971) 257-6256 View (971) 257-6256
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Kimberly Ibarra
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grants Pass, OR 97526
I specialize in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and EMDR modalities.
I love working with teens, young adults, and their families, as they work through concerns such as trauma, depression, and anxiety. I have been a mental health therapist for teens with trauma in residential care over the past few years. This has equipped me to become well versed in various and complicated diagnoses that impact entire family systems. This has also led me to use therapeutic modalities (interventions) that break down the barriers talk-therapy often has for youth, including engagement, trust, and buy-in to the therapeutic process.
I specialize in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and EMDR modalities.
I love working with teens, young adults, and their families, as they work through concerns such as trauma, depression, and anxiety. I have been a mental health therapist for teens with trauma in residential care over the past few years. This has equipped me to become well versed in various and complicated diagnoses that impact entire family systems. This has also led me to use therapeutic modalities (interventions) that break down the barriers talk-therapy often has for youth, including engagement, trust, and buy-in to the therapeutic process.
(541) 226-3461 View (541) 226-3461
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Tiffany Michelle Boersma
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Newberg, OR 97132
Waitlist for new clients
I have extensive training in trauma/emotion focused therapy modalities and received EMDR and DBT training which are evidenced based treatments to address complex PTSD.
I am experienced in helping with a variety of issues from: anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, interpersonal relationship issues, and chronic disease (cancer, Long COVID, Ehlers Danlos, Lyme Disease, etc.). I believe a person is a multifaceted mosaic of influences and experiences that brought them to where they are today. My style and modality of therapy is to come along side of you in order to help you uncover the deeper meaning and root causes of your distress without judgment. I offer kindness and warmth in my approach, allowing you to feel at ease and empowered in whatever issues you are facing.
I have extensive training in trauma/emotion focused therapy modalities and received EMDR and DBT training which are evidenced based treatments to address complex PTSD.
I am experienced in helping with a variety of issues from: anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, interpersonal relationship issues, and chronic disease (cancer, Long COVID, Ehlers Danlos, Lyme Disease, etc.). I believe a person is a multifaceted mosaic of influences and experiences that brought them to where they are today. My style and modality of therapy is to come along side of you in order to help you uncover the deeper meaning and root causes of your distress without judgment. I offer kindness and warmth in my approach, allowing you to feel at ease and empowered in whatever issues you are facing.
(503) 461-0657 View (503) 461-0657
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Katelyn Hershberger
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
West Linn, OR 97068
I am able to offer strategies and techniques from EMDR, TF-CBT, Life Story work, and PCIT to best aid a family in building connection and safety.
Is your child or adolescent struggling with changes, experiences, or other issues that are causing distress at home, school, or in the community. My name is Katelyn and I work with children and families struggling with a multitude of issues including but not limited to divorce, trauma, parenting challenges, disruptive/unsafe behaviors, suicidal ideation/self harming, adoption, foster care, reunification, depression, and anxiety. I've worked in a variety of settings such as residential facilities, schools, foster care, and in home.
I am able to offer strategies and techniques from EMDR, TF-CBT, Life Story work, and PCIT to best aid a family in building connection and safety.
Is your child or adolescent struggling with changes, experiences, or other issues that are causing distress at home, school, or in the community. My name is Katelyn and I work with children and families struggling with a multitude of issues including but not limited to divorce, trauma, parenting challenges, disruptive/unsafe behaviors, suicidal ideation/self harming, adoption, foster care, reunification, depression, and anxiety. I've worked in a variety of settings such as residential facilities, schools, foster care, and in home.
(503) 212-9603 View (503) 212-9603
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Edify Therapy
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, QMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
I am also interested in EMDR Therapy and Positive Psychology.
My ideal client is someone seeking change, healing, and growth in their life. They may be struggling with emotional or behavioral issues, seeking meaning, or facing challenges in their relationships or personal development. They are looking for a supportive, non-judgmental space to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and are open to using therapy as a tool for positive change.
I am also interested in EMDR Therapy and Positive Psychology.
My ideal client is someone seeking change, healing, and growth in their life. They may be struggling with emotional or behavioral issues, seeking meaning, or facing challenges in their relationships or personal development. They are looking for a supportive, non-judgmental space to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and are open to using therapy as a tool for positive change.
(541) 722-2895 View (541) 722-2895
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.