EMDR Therapists in Pearland, TX

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Wind Rose Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, DPC, LPC-S, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77581
Waitlist for new clients
We offer Sandtray Therapy, EMDR, and talk therapy.
Have you experienced trauma, hard events, or big forms of fear and worry? These experiences affect how the brain works, then the brain may need specific kinds of help. We can help you process stuck experiences, thoughts, and feelings so you can eliminate emotional distress and develop a new way of thinking about those hard events.
We offer Sandtray Therapy, EMDR, and talk therapy.
Have you experienced trauma, hard events, or big forms of fear and worry? These experiences affect how the brain works, then the brain may need specific kinds of help. We can help you process stuck experiences, thoughts, and feelings so you can eliminate emotional distress and develop a new way of thinking about those hard events.
(832) 726-1673 View (832) 726-1673
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Kristin Barrs
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77584
Life is filled with highs, lows, challenges and pitfalls that can leave the strongest person feeling overwhelmed at times. Events and trauma can cause hurts that leave individuals unaware of the emotional baggage that they are carrying around. As an EMDR trained therapist, I work with clients to help them identify issues that have adversely affected them, help them navigate through life transitions and develop goals to move forward. I have worked with adults and teens with various issues, including anxiety, depression and trauma.
Life is filled with highs, lows, challenges and pitfalls that can leave the strongest person feeling overwhelmed at times. Events and trauma can cause hurts that leave individuals unaware of the emotional baggage that they are carrying around. As an EMDR trained therapist, I work with clients to help them identify issues that have adversely affected them, help them navigate through life transitions and develop goals to move forward. I have worked with adults and teens with various issues, including anxiety, depression and trauma.
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Dr. Caren Cooper
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC-S, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
Using evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, along with a client centered approach, I provide a safe and nurturing environment where clients can explore experiences, process concerns, and cultivate resilience.
Let me commend you on taking a step towards holistic wellness. Dealing with unresolved trauma, struggling with life transitions, or trying to manage anger, stress, depression, and anxiety on your own can make that journey difficult. But you don't have to navigate the journey alone. In a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment, I enjoy assisting clients with learning and discovering ways to effectively navigate difficulties in life. Specialties include: Maternal Mental Health (pregnancy/postpartum, fertility, NICU journeys), EMDR (trauma therapy), Women Issues, other concerns listed above, and supervision for LPC Associates.
Using evidence-based techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, along with a client centered approach, I provide a safe and nurturing environment where clients can explore experiences, process concerns, and cultivate resilience.
Let me commend you on taking a step towards holistic wellness. Dealing with unresolved trauma, struggling with life transitions, or trying to manage anger, stress, depression, and anxiety on your own can make that journey difficult. But you don't have to navigate the journey alone. In a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment, I enjoy assisting clients with learning and discovering ways to effectively navigate difficulties in life. Specialties include: Maternal Mental Health (pregnancy/postpartum, fertility, NICU journeys), EMDR (trauma therapy), Women Issues, other concerns listed above, and supervision for LPC Associates.
(832) 261-9842 View (832) 261-9842
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Charles Huston McComb Jr
Licensed Professional Counselor, M A, LPC-S, CSAT, CMAT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77581
Huston is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S). He uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and other proven methods of counseling. Having a Christ-centered focus is paramount to his counseling. He earned is supervisor status as he enjoyed supervising PLC interns, sharing the twenty plus years of experience with counselors starting their journey into the profession. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a well-known treatment for trauma. He is a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT) and certification as a certified multiple addiction therapist (CMAT).
Huston is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S). He uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and other proven methods of counseling. Having a Christ-centered focus is paramount to his counseling. He earned is supervisor status as he enjoyed supervising PLC interns, sharing the twenty plus years of experience with counselors starting their journey into the profession. He is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a well-known treatment for trauma. He is a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT) and certification as a certified multiple addiction therapist (CMAT).
(346) 220-0087 View (346) 220-0087
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Tamera Nicole Rasmussen
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LPCC, NCC, C-PD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77581  (Online Only)
I am also a trained EMDR provider, trained in Co-Parenting Counseling, a registered Circle of Security Parenting© Facilitator.
Hi! While it is necessary to introduce myself according to my education, experience, licensing, and specializations it is more important to let you know that I am a human first. I live life just like you and experience parenting pitfalls, marriage challenges, financial quandaries, and all of the other stuff that life is made of. My role in your life isn’t to tell you what to do or how to do it, it is to use the clinical skills I’ve learned, wisdom I’ve gained, and my clinical experience to help you navigate and heal from the “stuff” in your life.
I am also a trained EMDR provider, trained in Co-Parenting Counseling, a registered Circle of Security Parenting© Facilitator.
Hi! While it is necessary to introduce myself according to my education, experience, licensing, and specializations it is more important to let you know that I am a human first. I live life just like you and experience parenting pitfalls, marriage challenges, financial quandaries, and all of the other stuff that life is made of. My role in your life isn’t to tell you what to do or how to do it, it is to use the clinical skills I’ve learned, wisdom I’ve gained, and my clinical experience to help you navigate and heal from the “stuff” in your life.
(832) 966-3345 View (832) 966-3345
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Retta Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CCTS
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
I am trained in multiple therapy models, including but not limited to Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, EFT, and IFS.
Do you struggle with chronic anxiety and stress? Is the trauma of your past affecting your present functioning? Has depression caused you to lose the joy and happiness you once had? You don't have to continue suffering in silence. I am here to help you manage these challenges, improve your coping skills, and provide emotional support along the way. As Psalm 25:11 says, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Sometimes, we hear the right words at the right time. I can offer you those words, along with the space, time, and resources you need most.
I am trained in multiple therapy models, including but not limited to Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, EFT, and IFS.
Do you struggle with chronic anxiety and stress? Is the trauma of your past affecting your present functioning? Has depression caused you to lose the joy and happiness you once had? You don't have to continue suffering in silence. I am here to help you manage these challenges, improve your coping skills, and provide emotional support along the way. As Psalm 25:11 says, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Sometimes, we hear the right words at the right time. I can offer you those words, along with the space, time, and resources you need most.
(832) 551-3669 View (832) 551-3669
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(A.Y.O) Are You Okay Conversation, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
I am EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing ) trained.
Welcome to your new way of managing life with A.Y.O. Conversations, PLLC (Are You Okay). Often times we feel helpless and hopeless and need a safe partner to find our way through it all. I am Sharonda Ruffin MSW, LCSW. An original native of Chicago, IL, I am a graduate of The Grambling State University.
I am EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing ) trained.
Welcome to your new way of managing life with A.Y.O. Conversations, PLLC (Are You Okay). Often times we feel helpless and hopeless and need a safe partner to find our way through it all. I am Sharonda Ruffin MSW, LCSW. An original native of Chicago, IL, I am a graduate of The Grambling State University.
(281) 214-6721 View (281) 214-6721
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The Solstice Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77581  (Online Only)
Interventions include EMDR, Trauma based, CBT, spiritual etc.
Humans are born needing to feel safe, know we are loved and feel worthy of that love. Sometimes life experiences can confuse us and make it difficult to get this need met but The Solstice Center is here to assist you in revealing the peace you have always deserved. Together we will uncover belief systems and thought patterns that no longer serve you and move you closer to being the person you have always known you are. The Solstice Center makes it safe to feel your emotions and work through them.
Interventions include EMDR, Trauma based, CBT, spiritual etc.
Humans are born needing to feel safe, know we are loved and feel worthy of that love. Sometimes life experiences can confuse us and make it difficult to get this need met but The Solstice Center is here to assist you in revealing the peace you have always deserved. Together we will uncover belief systems and thought patterns that no longer serve you and move you closer to being the person you have always known you are. The Solstice Center makes it safe to feel your emotions and work through them.
(281) 377-7828 View (281) 377-7828
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Barbie A. Blair
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584
As an EMDR-trained therapist, I have witnessed powerful transformations using EMDR to process through negative memories.
Reaching out for help is the hardest part; you are already brave for making it this far! I hope I can help you in your unique journey toward personal growth and healing in whatever ways you need. I am client-centered and use a holistic approach, meaning I will put you and your needs first while addressing all the factors contributing to your troubles and hindering the fulfillment of your goals. Using CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) we can work to better understand and change your thinking patterns that may be negatively impacting your life.
As an EMDR-trained therapist, I have witnessed powerful transformations using EMDR to process through negative memories.
Reaching out for help is the hardest part; you are already brave for making it this far! I hope I can help you in your unique journey toward personal growth and healing in whatever ways you need. I am client-centered and use a holistic approach, meaning I will put you and your needs first while addressing all the factors contributing to your troubles and hindering the fulfillment of your goals. Using CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) we can work to better understand and change your thinking patterns that may be negatively impacting your life.
(281) 784-9165 View (281) 784-9165
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Leah Gillam
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, CCPS-C
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77584
I am certified in EMDR and trained in DBT.
Are you feeling stuck? Lost? Overwhelmed? Relational trauma often leaves behind painful emotional triggers, unresolved grief, an a broken sense of who we really are. If you are reading this, there is probably a part of you that is ready to reclaim your best self. There may also be a part of you that is scared. Asking for help isn't easy, but my hope is to partner with clients and create a safe space to heal and hope again.
I am certified in EMDR and trained in DBT.
Are you feeling stuck? Lost? Overwhelmed? Relational trauma often leaves behind painful emotional triggers, unresolved grief, an a broken sense of who we really are. If you are reading this, there is probably a part of you that is ready to reclaim your best self. There may also be a part of you that is scared. Asking for help isn't easy, but my hope is to partner with clients and create a safe space to heal and hope again.
(713) 497-1241 View (713) 497-1241
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Hannah Marsh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77581  (Online Only)
Drawing from a diverse toolkit, I integrate modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I am deeply committed to supporting individuals navigating through traumatic events, anxiety, and depression. My goal is to foster a secure and nurturing environment where clients and their families can embark on a journey of healing. Central to my approach is the acknowledgment of the mind/body connection, and I take joy in educating clients about their brains and bodies in a trauma-informed and accessible manner.
Drawing from a diverse toolkit, I integrate modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I am deeply committed to supporting individuals navigating through traumatic events, anxiety, and depression. My goal is to foster a secure and nurturing environment where clients and their families can embark on a journey of healing. Central to my approach is the acknowledgment of the mind/body connection, and I take joy in educating clients about their brains and bodies in a trauma-informed and accessible manner.
(713) 581-3392 View (713) 581-3392
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Sarah Marie Eiband
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77581
I am trained in EMDR and Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy by Natural Lifemanship which emphasizes the importance of connected relationships with others.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with your current situation? Do you feel your life is out of control? Are your relationships suffering? I believe you have all you need to become empowered to create necessary change and lead an intentional and fulfilled life. Empowerment is achieved through compassion, connection, and guidance, elicited from your perceptions of reality and desired goals. As you embrace your own resilience, value, and self-esteem we begin the healing process. I believe this process starts with the connection of mind, body, and soul which enables you to deeply connect with others.
I am trained in EMDR and Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy by Natural Lifemanship which emphasizes the importance of connected relationships with others.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with your current situation? Do you feel your life is out of control? Are your relationships suffering? I believe you have all you need to become empowered to create necessary change and lead an intentional and fulfilled life. Empowerment is achieved through compassion, connection, and guidance, elicited from your perceptions of reality and desired goals. As you embrace your own resilience, value, and self-esteem we begin the healing process. I believe this process starts with the connection of mind, body, and soul which enables you to deeply connect with others.
(281) 226-9806 View (281) 226-9806
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Trauma Re-Processing Therapist Heather Akers
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW, EMDR, LCDC-I
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77584
I am EMDR Trained through the EMDR Institute.
Hi! I am Heather! I’m a therapist committed to helping men and women re-process traumatic events, as well as help to build healthier coping mechanisms, and relationships. My work focuses on trauma re-processing through EMDR, targeting ineffective behaviors, habits, and beliefs. I believe in taking a collaborative and holistic approach to helping clients reach their goals.
I am EMDR Trained through the EMDR Institute.
Hi! I am Heather! I’m a therapist committed to helping men and women re-process traumatic events, as well as help to build healthier coping mechanisms, and relationships. My work focuses on trauma re-processing through EMDR, targeting ineffective behaviors, habits, and beliefs. I believe in taking a collaborative and holistic approach to helping clients reach their goals.
(832) 207-6990 View (832) 207-6990
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Mary Ann Johnston
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MEd
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77584
I also do EMDR for trauma resolution involving life threatening situations, sexual and physical abuse, anxiety and depression.
I am a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for 30 years. Because of the longevity of my work, I have encountered a wide variety of people of all ages and problems. I believe in the dignity and value of each individual person and treat people with empathy, compassion, warmth, and kindness. I give sustained attention during a session and believe that people can solve their own problems with some objective structure and feedback. For my clients' convenience I maintain two offices. Weekend and evening appointments are available.
I also do EMDR for trauma resolution involving life threatening situations, sexual and physical abuse, anxiety and depression.
I am a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for 30 years. Because of the longevity of my work, I have encountered a wide variety of people of all ages and problems. I believe in the dignity and value of each individual person and treat people with empathy, compassion, warmth, and kindness. I give sustained attention during a session and believe that people can solve their own problems with some objective structure and feedback. For my clients' convenience I maintain two offices. Weekend and evening appointments are available.
(713) 667-5659 View (713) 667-5659
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Ali Vasquez
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584
I specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Have you been struggling to thrive? Feeling stuck in the same cycle that isn't working? Perhaps you're beginning to notice physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches or muscle tension in your body. Learning to manage your emotions and how to better communicate with loved ones can help make a big impact in relieving those physical symptoms. Reaching out for support can be the start of your healing journey. I believe that we all have the ability to change our future for the better. While change may not always be easy or comfortable, the reward is almost always worth it. All your wounds deserve healing.
I specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
Have you been struggling to thrive? Feeling stuck in the same cycle that isn't working? Perhaps you're beginning to notice physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches or muscle tension in your body. Learning to manage your emotions and how to better communicate with loved ones can help make a big impact in relieving those physical symptoms. Reaching out for support can be the start of your healing journey. I believe that we all have the ability to change our future for the better. While change may not always be easy or comfortable, the reward is almost always worth it. All your wounds deserve healing.
(346) 239-1962 View (346) 239-1962
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Allison Jeanette Briggs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MEd
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77581  (Online Only)
I utilize two such approaches, EMDR and Brainspotting.
Do you notice yourself trying to please others or find yourself in unhealthy and destructive relationships and/or work patterns? Do you depend on your partner's happiness to feel ok? Do you think your childhood is impacting the way you relate to others today? Do you notice toxic people showing up in your life and an inability to say no when your boundaries are violated? The good news is that you are noticing these things. That awareness is the stepping off point towards evolving and shedding the layers of who you are NOT, in order to return home to the essence of who you truly are.
I utilize two such approaches, EMDR and Brainspotting.
Do you notice yourself trying to please others or find yourself in unhealthy and destructive relationships and/or work patterns? Do you depend on your partner's happiness to feel ok? Do you think your childhood is impacting the way you relate to others today? Do you notice toxic people showing up in your life and an inability to say no when your boundaries are violated? The good news is that you are noticing these things. That awareness is the stepping off point towards evolving and shedding the layers of who you are NOT, in order to return home to the essence of who you truly are.
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Candice Tillman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77581
I strive to help clients find transformative growth through different therapy modalities including EMDR, sandtray, play and attachment therapy. I acknowledge the strength and courage it takes to begin the path of therapy. Whether anxiety, depression, trauma or negative behaviors are impacting you or your child's success and happiness, I can walk along side you and your family in the process of healing. We will work collaboratively to create realistic treatment goals to help you achieve goals for a healthy path of life.
I strive to help clients find transformative growth through different therapy modalities including EMDR, sandtray, play and attachment therapy. I acknowledge the strength and courage it takes to begin the path of therapy. Whether anxiety, depression, trauma or negative behaviors are impacting you or your child's success and happiness, I can walk along side you and your family in the process of healing. We will work collaboratively to create realistic treatment goals to help you achieve goals for a healthy path of life.
(281) 816-4436 View (281) 816-4436
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Abbie Cecil
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584
As such, my therapeutic style is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing(EMDR)/Internal Family Systems(IFS).
Do you have difficulty maintaining focus and a piece of mind? Are you someone who appears to have it all together, but still find yourself experiencing unpredictable emotions, bouts of anxiety and depression that have strained your relationships? Do you have an internal fear that you will be exposed as broken? Trauma serves as a filter, a lens through which a person views the world. Everything is shaded differently. It can have you feeling like “What’s wrong with me?” and “I’ll never feel at home with myself” or “Why does life have to be this hard?”. So now you’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to feel relief.
As such, my therapeutic style is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing(EMDR)/Internal Family Systems(IFS).
Do you have difficulty maintaining focus and a piece of mind? Are you someone who appears to have it all together, but still find yourself experiencing unpredictable emotions, bouts of anxiety and depression that have strained your relationships? Do you have an internal fear that you will be exposed as broken? Trauma serves as a filter, a lens through which a person views the world. Everything is shaded differently. It can have you feeling like “What’s wrong with me?” and “I’ll never feel at home with myself” or “Why does life have to be this hard?”. So now you’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to feel relief.
(832) 345-3105 View (832) 345-3105
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Brent E Crane
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pearland, TX 77584
EMDR, hypnotherapy, and Psych-K provide powerful alternatives to traditional talk therapy approaches, identifying and reprogramming underlying belief systems and subconscious processes that block your best efforts from creating the outcomes you are looking for and deserve.
I love working with people who are motivated for something better in their lives but haven’t been able to figure out what’s blocking them from having it. This can include relationships, career, success, sports, family, happiness, confidence and more. Maybe you feel unworthy or incapable of having that something better. Maybe trauma, mental illness or something else you can’t even define knocked you off track. Maybe you never remember being on track because it has been so long since you had that experience. There is hope and together we can find answers.
EMDR, hypnotherapy, and Psych-K provide powerful alternatives to traditional talk therapy approaches, identifying and reprogramming underlying belief systems and subconscious processes that block your best efforts from creating the outcomes you are looking for and deserve.
I love working with people who are motivated for something better in their lives but haven’t been able to figure out what’s blocking them from having it. This can include relationships, career, success, sports, family, happiness, confidence and more. Maybe you feel unworthy or incapable of having that something better. Maybe trauma, mental illness or something else you can’t even define knocked you off track. Maybe you never remember being on track because it has been so long since you had that experience. There is hope and together we can find answers.
(346) 309-0089 View (346) 309-0089
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Allia Soulliaa Foley
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW, MS, MA
Verified Verified
Pearland, TX 77584  (Online Only)
Also, incorporating EMDR, Family Systems, Group, Acceptance, and Psychodynamic frameworks into practice.
Seeking to support clients on their personal wholeness journeys. Whether you are experiencing grief/loss, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, relational distress, family system break-down, identity query, burn-out, addiction, spiritual turmoil and things in between; there is intergenerational space for you here.
Also, incorporating EMDR, Family Systems, Group, Acceptance, and Psychodynamic frameworks into practice.
Seeking to support clients on their personal wholeness journeys. Whether you are experiencing grief/loss, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, relational distress, family system break-down, identity query, burn-out, addiction, spiritual turmoil and things in between; there is intergenerational space for you here.
(832) 979-1182 View (832) 979-1182
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.