EMDR Therapists in Austin, TX

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Julie Skylark
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78729
I specialize in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, CBT and Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my practice.
I help people whose lives are in transition. You may feel anxious, depressed, confused or overwhelmed. No doubt you've faced adversity before and persevered, but it has taken its toll on you. You know or suspect that something is holding you back from living authentically and fully. If you are ready to begin to free yourself from outworn beliefs, manage anxiety, trust yourself, and achieve your work and life goals, I will walk with you on that journey.
I specialize in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, CBT and Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my practice.
I help people whose lives are in transition. You may feel anxious, depressed, confused or overwhelmed. No doubt you've faced adversity before and persevered, but it has taken its toll on you. You know or suspect that something is holding you back from living authentically and fully. If you are ready to begin to free yourself from outworn beliefs, manage anxiety, trust yourself, and achieve your work and life goals, I will walk with you on that journey.
(737) 258-9641 View (737) 258-9641
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Eloise Terry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Processing) and am a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator.
I am a therapist providing individual and group therapy to adults. Many of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety, unstable relationships, blended families and life transitions. I believe the relationship between therapist and client is built upon trust, compassion, and honesty. This is critical in helping clients begin to find light at the end of the tunnel, and the best version of themselves.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Processing) and am a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator.
I am a therapist providing individual and group therapy to adults. Many of my clients struggle with depression, anxiety, unstable relationships, blended families and life transitions. I believe the relationship between therapist and client is built upon trust, compassion, and honesty. This is critical in helping clients begin to find light at the end of the tunnel, and the best version of themselves.
(512) 686-2663 View (512) 686-2663
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Liz Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78723
I have training in Hakomi, EMDR, Internal Family Systems and enjoy working in collaboration with other health professionals.
Therapy is collaborative. As a therapist, I am a partner in my clients' self-explorations and a witness to their accomplishments. I provide a serene place where clients can rediscover or develop authentic selves, deepen emotional connections with self and others, recognize how thoughts, beliefs and values affect relationships, consider new ways of being in the world, develop healthier adaptive strategies when facing problems, and work through past and present past trauma, grief, and losses. You have the strengths you need to meet your full potential and achieve a satisfying life. I can help.
I have training in Hakomi, EMDR, Internal Family Systems and enjoy working in collaboration with other health professionals.
Therapy is collaborative. As a therapist, I am a partner in my clients' self-explorations and a witness to their accomplishments. I provide a serene place where clients can rediscover or develop authentic selves, deepen emotional connections with self and others, recognize how thoughts, beliefs and values affect relationships, consider new ways of being in the world, develop healthier adaptive strategies when facing problems, and work through past and present past trauma, grief, and losses. You have the strengths you need to meet your full potential and achieve a satisfying life. I can help.
(512) 607-7987 View (512) 607-7987
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Marc Geronimo
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78750
Specifically, I use a process of emotion and event reprocessing, which incorporates elements of EMDR, hypnotherapy, and shamanic intuitive insights.
My approach is to help clients become free of their emotional overreactions (especially recurring upsets) and break free from the grip of their past wounds. I also work to help identify conditioning and beliefs that my clients have inherited from their families which are NOT consistent with their own core nature. It's all about becoming more authentic. I believe that the more true to ourselves we become, without the old wounds, conditioning, and societal pressures (such as needing to be seen as a nice guy/girl or needing approval from others) then the more whole and joyful we become in our everyday lives.
Specifically, I use a process of emotion and event reprocessing, which incorporates elements of EMDR, hypnotherapy, and shamanic intuitive insights.
My approach is to help clients become free of their emotional overreactions (especially recurring upsets) and break free from the grip of their past wounds. I also work to help identify conditioning and beliefs that my clients have inherited from their families which are NOT consistent with their own core nature. It's all about becoming more authentic. I believe that the more true to ourselves we become, without the old wounds, conditioning, and societal pressures (such as needing to be seen as a nice guy/girl or needing approval from others) then the more whole and joyful we become in our everyday lives.
(512) 940-5525 View (512) 940-5525
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James Maxwell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MEd, MA, RYT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78757
Over 30 years of experience in counseling couples and individuals, I use my skills and training in Imago therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, Ericksonian Hypnosis, and Self-Relations Therapy to help you navigate changes in your life and relationships.
A quote by Milton Erickson that inspires us to view therapy as a way to manage change: "People come for therapy not to change their past but their future." - and there are so many changes these days! Managing change with creativity and insight creates new opportunities and revitalizes relationships. When experiencing change do you struggle with lack of motivation, depressive moods, self-defeating self talk, or poor self-confidence? Counseling helps you gain insight into your underlying feelings and motivations, envision new possibilities for yourself or your relationship, and clarify conflicting emotions.
Over 30 years of experience in counseling couples and individuals, I use my skills and training in Imago therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, Ericksonian Hypnosis, and Self-Relations Therapy to help you navigate changes in your life and relationships.
A quote by Milton Erickson that inspires us to view therapy as a way to manage change: "People come for therapy not to change their past but their future." - and there are so many changes these days! Managing change with creativity and insight creates new opportunities and revitalizes relationships. When experiencing change do you struggle with lack of motivation, depressive moods, self-defeating self talk, or poor self-confidence? Counseling helps you gain insight into your underlying feelings and motivations, envision new possibilities for yourself or your relationship, and clarify conflicting emotions.
(512) 548-4405 View (512) 548-4405
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Laura Strohm
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78748
I specialize in Children and teens with a history of trauma, explosive behaviors, or attachment difficulties. I connect well with Grumpy boys, Shy or struggling to fit in kiddos, and Creative/quirky types. Also, Confused parents wondering, How do I help? Together, we'll identify strengths and small progress that can be celebrated to increase self confidence and motivation. I will also provide tools and support to empower your child to understand why behaviors might be happening and to create change. I also work with Adults using EMDR techniques, art, and sand tray.
I specialize in Children and teens with a history of trauma, explosive behaviors, or attachment difficulties. I connect well with Grumpy boys, Shy or struggling to fit in kiddos, and Creative/quirky types. Also, Confused parents wondering, How do I help? Together, we'll identify strengths and small progress that can be celebrated to increase self confidence and motivation. I will also provide tools and support to empower your child to understand why behaviors might be happening and to create change. I also work with Adults using EMDR techniques, art, and sand tray.
(512) 572-4255 View (512) 572-4255
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Magnolia Counseling PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LCDC, EMDR, Trained
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Do you feel unsupported? I believe that all humans are born with unique strengths and have the power hidden inside us to live life to its fullest. I am here to facilitate you in the process of unleashing your power to reach your potential in your life. I believe you are the person who is in complete control and in charge of your life and your goals. My counseling practice is directed by the Person-Centered approach, CBT, and EMDR; I use other theories as needed, like TFCBT, DBT, Narrative, and alternative therapies like mindfulness and Expressive Art Therapy. I provide a nonjudgemental safe space for my clients to heal.
Do you feel unsupported? I believe that all humans are born with unique strengths and have the power hidden inside us to live life to its fullest. I am here to facilitate you in the process of unleashing your power to reach your potential in your life. I believe you are the person who is in complete control and in charge of your life and your goals. My counseling practice is directed by the Person-Centered approach, CBT, and EMDR; I use other theories as needed, like TFCBT, DBT, Narrative, and alternative therapies like mindfulness and Expressive Art Therapy. I provide a nonjudgemental safe space for my clients to heal.
(512) 843-7739 View (512) 843-7739
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Dr. Marina Caldwell and Associates, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78731
I’m trained in EMDR and Brainspotting.
Time is our most valuable commodity. I work with individuals and couples to support them in making growth choices. This enhances their time wherever it is spent, such as in relationships, career, with family, or enjoying hobbies and recreation. I offer psychotherapy or executive coaching. My career and personal development services take into account the changes ahead for most industries as they incorporate new technologies such as A.I and robotics, and the effects of this on the individual’s career path and decisions. I also offer career testing for ages 14 and up. Email is the fastest way to reach me.
I’m trained in EMDR and Brainspotting.
Time is our most valuable commodity. I work with individuals and couples to support them in making growth choices. This enhances their time wherever it is spent, such as in relationships, career, with family, or enjoying hobbies and recreation. I offer psychotherapy or executive coaching. My career and personal development services take into account the changes ahead for most industries as they incorporate new technologies such as A.I and robotics, and the effects of this on the individual’s career path and decisions. I also offer career testing for ages 14 and up. Email is the fastest way to reach me.
(512) 887-5304 View (512) 887-5304
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Peggy Avent
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78723  (Online Only)
I have over 35 years experience and a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and have years of experience as an EMDR Therapist and EMDR Consultant.
I seek to provide a safe, encouraging, non-judgmental, Christian atmosphere where people can heal and feel empowered. I believe that God designed people to heal and live in harmony, but sometimes life's problems and past experiences get in the way. Traumatic experiences and/or destructive attitudes, addictions, or behaviors can have a detrimental impact on all aspects of life. I use EMDR, a remarkably effective and proven treatment for quickly healing old wounds and helping people embrace their own spiritual and emotional strengths.
I have over 35 years experience and a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and have years of experience as an EMDR Therapist and EMDR Consultant.
I seek to provide a safe, encouraging, non-judgmental, Christian atmosphere where people can heal and feel empowered. I believe that God designed people to heal and live in harmony, but sometimes life's problems and past experiences get in the way. Traumatic experiences and/or destructive attitudes, addictions, or behaviors can have a detrimental impact on all aspects of life. I use EMDR, a remarkably effective and proven treatment for quickly healing old wounds and helping people embrace their own spiritual and emotional strengths.
(210) 796-6953 View (210) 796-6953
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Sarah Beddingfield
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
I am currently accepting new adult and adolescent clients. My clients are typically individuals that have experienced trauma, and are working on integrating and processing those experiences. I also have experience treating individuals managing acute and chronic anxiety and depression. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I enjoy working with other Queer individuals--especially young people looking to find comfort and safety in their identity. Additionally, I am a HAES (Health At Every Size) aligned therapist.
I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
I am currently accepting new adult and adolescent clients. My clients are typically individuals that have experienced trauma, and are working on integrating and processing those experiences. I also have experience treating individuals managing acute and chronic anxiety and depression. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I enjoy working with other Queer individuals--especially young people looking to find comfort and safety in their identity. Additionally, I am a HAES (Health At Every Size) aligned therapist.
(512) 572-9499 View (512) 572-9499
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Marilyn Gabrielle Ramirez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
I offer EMDR if identified as appropriate following assessment.
Please email for scheduling requests- Hello, I'm glad that you're here and are open to exploring your process for healing as an individual or couple. You're showing yourself a form of care by taking the steps to gain insight in to how your past experiences may be affecting your current thought patterns, behavior, and the relationship that you have with yourself and others. You are taking an active role in honoring your experience, and are giving yourself the opportunity and space to understand what you have been carrying.
I offer EMDR if identified as appropriate following assessment.
Please email for scheduling requests- Hello, I'm glad that you're here and are open to exploring your process for healing as an individual or couple. You're showing yourself a form of care by taking the steps to gain insight in to how your past experiences may be affecting your current thought patterns, behavior, and the relationship that you have with yourself and others. You are taking an active role in honoring your experience, and are giving yourself the opportunity and space to understand what you have been carrying.
(737) 258-7686 View (737) 258-7686
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Rachel Burgreen, LCSW-S & Co
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731  (Online Only)
Rachel Burgreen, LCSW-S & Co offers individual, couples, and group therapy. Our therapists, Rachel Burgreen, LCSW-S, Jessica Fink, LCSW-S, Isalys Pagani, LPC-A, & Shawn Wood, LCSW have a wealth of experience to share. Our specialties include Radically Open DBT, DBT, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, ADHD coaching, CBT, CPT for the treatment of Trauma, CBT for Insomnia, ACT, PE, PRT, EMDR, ERP for OCD, & CBT for Adult ADHD. Depending on your needs we can help you find the right treatment and therapist.
Rachel Burgreen, LCSW-S & Co offers individual, couples, and group therapy. Our therapists, Rachel Burgreen, LCSW-S, Jessica Fink, LCSW-S, Isalys Pagani, LPC-A, & Shawn Wood, LCSW have a wealth of experience to share. Our specialties include Radically Open DBT, DBT, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, ADHD coaching, CBT, CPT for the treatment of Trauma, CBT for Insomnia, ACT, PE, PRT, EMDR, ERP for OCD, & CBT for Adult ADHD. Depending on your needs we can help you find the right treatment and therapist.
(737) 232-6217 View (737) 232-6217
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Shana Sheeran, PhD LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, CCTP-II, CTMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78732
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional level 2 and also trained in EMDR.
Do you want your relationships to be better? How about your relationship with yourself? Have you experienced trauma in important relationships and struggle with anxiety, depression, guilt, low self esteem? I believe relationships are extremely important in our growth and development. This belief begins with, and is evidenced by, the relationship I will work to form with you!
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional level 2 and also trained in EMDR.
Do you want your relationships to be better? How about your relationship with yourself? Have you experienced trauma in important relationships and struggle with anxiety, depression, guilt, low self esteem? I believe relationships are extremely important in our growth and development. This belief begins with, and is evidenced by, the relationship I will work to form with you!
(512) 942-0737 View (512) 942-0737
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Patty Stephens
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78746
I take a holistic approach to therapy, combining traditional therapy with empirically- validated techniques such as EMDR and Brainspotting.
There are moments when life can present challenges that can seem too difficult or overwhelming to face alone. It can make us feel stuck in a mental roadblock that prohibits us from thriving. Therapy enables a path towards resiliency and healing by helping you understand yourself deeply and compassionately. It is a place where you can safely be curious and reveal your authentic self.
I take a holistic approach to therapy, combining traditional therapy with empirically- validated techniques such as EMDR and Brainspotting.
There are moments when life can present challenges that can seem too difficult or overwhelming to face alone. It can make us feel stuck in a mental roadblock that prohibits us from thriving. Therapy enables a path towards resiliency and healing by helping you understand yourself deeply and compassionately. It is a place where you can safely be curious and reveal your authentic self.
(512) 262-9050 View (512) 262-9050
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Ellie Mandavi Berenji
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78730  (Online Only)
Do you feel controlled by your emotions, stuck in thoughts about the past, and overwhelmed by the future? Do you constantly feel like a failure because you couldn't meet the goals that you sat for yourself? Life doesn't have to stay this way. Together, I will help you identify, process and heal from your past trauma by acknowledging and healing your inner child self using EMDR and hypnotherapy. In this process, you are behind the wheel and I am in the passenger seat, helping you navigate through your journey.
Do you feel controlled by your emotions, stuck in thoughts about the past, and overwhelmed by the future? Do you constantly feel like a failure because you couldn't meet the goals that you sat for yourself? Life doesn't have to stay this way. Together, I will help you identify, process and heal from your past trauma by acknowledging and healing your inner child self using EMDR and hypnotherapy. In this process, you are behind the wheel and I am in the passenger seat, helping you navigate through your journey.
(512) 856-1044 View (512) 856-1044
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Lisa Arronge
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704  (Online Only)
My approach includes CBT, DBT, ACT, Solution–Focused Therapy and EMDR.
Ready to break free from feeling stuck or make positive changes in your life? It takes courage to seek help, and I'm here to support you. In our sessions, my goal is to provide a warm and safe space where you can comfortably express yourself. Together, through compassionate listening and understanding, we can work towards creating the person you want to be or navigate through challenging times. Healing is best done with support. Welcome to this journey of growth and well-being!
My approach includes CBT, DBT, ACT, Solution–Focused Therapy and EMDR.
Ready to break free from feeling stuck or make positive changes in your life? It takes courage to seek help, and I'm here to support you. In our sessions, my goal is to provide a warm and safe space where you can comfortably express yourself. Together, through compassionate listening and understanding, we can work towards creating the person you want to be or navigate through challenging times. Healing is best done with support. Welcome to this journey of growth and well-being!
(512) 489-1680 View (512) 489-1680
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Brenna Ansley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78748
My work is relationally focused and I often utilize EMDR to help individuals resolve trauma that is being triggered in their relationships and change negative beliefs that are impacting their daily lives. I often work with individuals that are hoping to change behavior that is impacting their relationships and couples that are hoping to shift out of dynamics that are not working for them. I help individuals meet the goals that are most important to them, and I work to help improve the relationship of couples. I believe our partners can guide us to be our best selves, and show us what is unresolved for us from our history.
My work is relationally focused and I often utilize EMDR to help individuals resolve trauma that is being triggered in their relationships and change negative beliefs that are impacting their daily lives. I often work with individuals that are hoping to change behavior that is impacting their relationships and couples that are hoping to shift out of dynamics that are not working for them. I help individuals meet the goals that are most important to them, and I work to help improve the relationship of couples. I believe our partners can guide us to be our best selves, and show us what is unresolved for us from our history.
(512) 861-8787 View (512) 861-8787
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Robin Landers Perlmutter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78746
I am EMDR certified.
Whether you are experiencing relationship distress, life transitions, difficult circumstances and emotions, or major trauma I see the process of therapy as a way to gain support, insight, and ultimately healing in your journey. My goal is to help you to explore your unique story, bringing awareness and a deeper understanding of yourself and situations.
I am EMDR certified.
Whether you are experiencing relationship distress, life transitions, difficult circumstances and emotions, or major trauma I see the process of therapy as a way to gain support, insight, and ultimately healing in your journey. My goal is to help you to explore your unique story, bringing awareness and a deeper understanding of yourself and situations.
(512) 982-0691 View (512) 982-0691
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Jill Hokanson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78759
I also offer EMDR for resolving past trauma.
Hi! I am honored that you would consider entrusting me with your story. People usually come to me when they are feeling exhausted, unsure, or fed up with how things are going in their lives and hoping for relief and renewal. I specialize in therapy for helpers, pleasers, folks with anxiety, parents, adult children of immigrants, and women with difficult moms. I help people practice searching inside themselves to make sense of their feelings, discover what they need and want, create better boundaries, and bloom with confidence to go after their biggest goals.
I also offer EMDR for resolving past trauma.
Hi! I am honored that you would consider entrusting me with your story. People usually come to me when they are feeling exhausted, unsure, or fed up with how things are going in their lives and hoping for relief and renewal. I specialize in therapy for helpers, pleasers, folks with anxiety, parents, adult children of immigrants, and women with difficult moms. I help people practice searching inside themselves to make sense of their feelings, discover what they need and want, create better boundaries, and bloom with confidence to go after their biggest goals.
(737) 302-5029 View (737) 302-5029
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Mindful Relationships Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Austin, TX 78748  (Online Only)
Through evidence-based approaches, such as EMDR, IFS (internal family systems) or EFT (emotion focused therapy), we support individuals and couples navigate and process through whatever is keeping them stuck in unpreferred places.
At Mindful Relationships Therapy, we specialize in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing relationship issues or symptoms of panic, anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD. We specialize in clients who have a history of trauma, whether it was physical or emotional neglect/abuse during childhood or a recent trauma experienced as an adult. We are also inspired to support clients who identify as POC (person of color) and/or are in cross cultural relationships.
Through evidence-based approaches, such as EMDR, IFS (internal family systems) or EFT (emotion focused therapy), we support individuals and couples navigate and process through whatever is keeping them stuck in unpreferred places.
At Mindful Relationships Therapy, we specialize in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing relationship issues or symptoms of panic, anxiety, depression, and/or PTSD. We specialize in clients who have a history of trauma, whether it was physical or emotional neglect/abuse during childhood or a recent trauma experienced as an adult. We are also inspired to support clients who identify as POC (person of color) and/or are in cross cultural relationships.
(512) 270-5142 View (512) 270-5142
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.