EMDR Therapists in West University Place, TX

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Sarah Burkhart
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005  (Online Only)
I earned my M.A. in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and am now a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I work with teens and adults of all ages who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transition, spiritual confusion, marital/relational difficulties, and the effects of past trauma. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a research-backed approach to trauma resolution (you can find more info at http://www.emdria.org).
I earned my M.A. in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and am now a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I work with teens and adults of all ages who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transition, spiritual confusion, marital/relational difficulties, and the effects of past trauma. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a research-backed approach to trauma resolution (you can find more info at http://www.emdria.org).
(713) 597-8078 View (713) 597-8078
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Wendy L Campbell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005
Waitlist for new clients
I am a certified EMDR therapist and am trained to offer EMDR Intensives. My client base is adult women. My areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce, abusive relationships, life transitions, health issues, high risk pregnancy, end of life issues and death. My approach is supportive, insight oriented and empowering. Women often do not acknowledge their unique challenges and assign misplaced emotions and shame to their individual journeys. My goal is to help my clients heal, find meaning and strength in their experiences so that they can fully and authentically embrace the future.
I am a certified EMDR therapist and am trained to offer EMDR Intensives. My client base is adult women. My areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce, abusive relationships, life transitions, health issues, high risk pregnancy, end of life issues and death. My approach is supportive, insight oriented and empowering. Women often do not acknowledge their unique challenges and assign misplaced emotions and shame to their individual journeys. My goal is to help my clients heal, find meaning and strength in their experiences so that they can fully and authentically embrace the future.
(713) 338-9153 View (713) 338-9153
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Rachel A Duvvuri
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
I practice a variety of interventions: psychodynamic relational work, gestalt therapy, cognitive-behavioral tools, EMDR, and more.
I'm so glad you're considering counseling. It means that, at a deep level, you know you deserve better and are capable of more. You may be troubled by persistent negative thoughts and feelings, dissatisfied with certain important relationships, or frustrated that the choices you've made are no longer working for you. Either way, I applaud you for taking this step. Through psychotherapy, we will explore one of the most important subjects in your life - yourself. And we will journey together towards a future that reflects your deepest values and goals.
I practice a variety of interventions: psychodynamic relational work, gestalt therapy, cognitive-behavioral tools, EMDR, and more.
I'm so glad you're considering counseling. It means that, at a deep level, you know you deserve better and are capable of more. You may be troubled by persistent negative thoughts and feelings, dissatisfied with certain important relationships, or frustrated that the choices you've made are no longer working for you. Either way, I applaud you for taking this step. Through psychotherapy, we will explore one of the most important subjects in your life - yourself. And we will journey together towards a future that reflects your deepest values and goals.
(713) 588-0020 View (713) 588-0020
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Nancy J. Neptune
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
These techniques may include EMDR, Voice Dialogue or Hypnotherapy.
The relationship between client and therapist is like no other. The sole focus of counseling is about you and how to help you be healthier and happier. I've worked with adults to overcome depression, anxiety, and early abuse and neglect issues. My special interests is assisting people in recognizing and changing long standing, ineffective patterns of behavior and in working with people who have experienced undernourished and traumatic childhoods. I also work with people who are experience stress, job burnout, and grief and loss issues.
These techniques may include EMDR, Voice Dialogue or Hypnotherapy.
The relationship between client and therapist is like no other. The sole focus of counseling is about you and how to help you be healthier and happier. I've worked with adults to overcome depression, anxiety, and early abuse and neglect issues. My special interests is assisting people in recognizing and changing long standing, ineffective patterns of behavior and in working with people who have experienced undernourished and traumatic childhoods. I also work with people who are experience stress, job burnout, and grief and loss issues.
(713) 338-9073 View (713) 338-9073
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Suzi C. Phelps
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
I believe therapy is a collaborative process where you are the expert in you and I am the expert in human behavior. Together we work toward achieving your goals. I work from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, however, I am trained in a variety of techniques, including EMDR, and I tailor my approach to meet my client's individual needs. Many adults seek treatment when they discover that their coping strategies and survival skills of childhood don't work in adulthood. Frequently, people are feeling overwhelmed when they enter treatment. Therefore, lowering one's baseline level of distress is usually the first step.
I believe therapy is a collaborative process where you are the expert in you and I am the expert in human behavior. Together we work toward achieving your goals. I work from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, however, I am trained in a variety of techniques, including EMDR, and I tailor my approach to meet my client's individual needs. Many adults seek treatment when they discover that their coping strategies and survival skills of childhood don't work in adulthood. Frequently, people are feeling overwhelmed when they enter treatment. Therefore, lowering one's baseline level of distress is usually the first step.
(713) 338-9079 View (713) 338-9079
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Jenny Sorensen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CSAT
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
I am also trained in EMDR and Gottman Couple Therapy.
With over 31 years in 12-Step recovery, I felt called to this profession. I believe that my own personal struggle with addiction and childhood trauma helps me meet my clients with a sense compassion and hope for what recovery can offer.
I am also trained in EMDR and Gottman Couple Therapy.
With over 31 years in 12-Step recovery, I felt called to this profession. I believe that my own personal struggle with addiction and childhood trauma helps me meet my clients with a sense compassion and hope for what recovery can offer.
(713) 766-1737 View (713) 766-1737
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Dr. Esther Jimenez Ph. D.
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MS, LPC, BCST, EMDR
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
I utilize an integrative approach to fit the unique needs of each client including Attachment Theory, CBT, SFBT, REBT, Imago Relationship Therapy (centers on the transformation of conflict into healing & growth opportunities through a relational connection), Collaborative & Existential Therapy, Ecological Systems Theory (Urie Bronfenbrenner), EMDR.
Help clients presenting with sexual, physical, and emotional trauma, neglect, abandonment, inner child wounds, grief, depression, anxiety, infidelity (affair recovery/betrayal), codependency, interfaith relationships, self-esteem issues, adult survivors of sexual trauma, communication problems, sexless marriages (fostering feelings of rejection, resentment, frustration, loneliness, and ultimately emotional disconnect/distancing), 'roommate syndrome.' I also work with those experiencing sexual issues that lead to performance anxiety, low desire, mismatch in physical/sexual intimacy between partners, ED, etc
I utilize an integrative approach to fit the unique needs of each client including Attachment Theory, CBT, SFBT, REBT, Imago Relationship Therapy (centers on the transformation of conflict into healing & growth opportunities through a relational connection), Collaborative & Existential Therapy, Ecological Systems Theory (Urie Bronfenbrenner), EMDR.
Help clients presenting with sexual, physical, and emotional trauma, neglect, abandonment, inner child wounds, grief, depression, anxiety, infidelity (affair recovery/betrayal), codependency, interfaith relationships, self-esteem issues, adult survivors of sexual trauma, communication problems, sexless marriages (fostering feelings of rejection, resentment, frustration, loneliness, and ultimately emotional disconnect/distancing), 'roommate syndrome.' I also work with those experiencing sexual issues that lead to performance anxiety, low desire, mismatch in physical/sexual intimacy between partners, ED, etc
(346) 214-4189 View (346) 214-4189
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Suzana Marijan Stankovic
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, CHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005
Through the use of talk therapy, EMDR and hypnosis you can access the inherent potential to heal and grow.
No matter where you are in your inner journey, life continues to challenge you to grow and change. You might be struggling with aftermath of a recent traumatic experience. Maybe you are haunted by painful childhood experiences that still affect your life today. Perhaps, things are going smoothly, and you are seeking ways to improve your performance at work, sport or a hobby. Let me help you take the next step.
Through the use of talk therapy, EMDR and hypnosis you can access the inherent potential to heal and grow.
No matter where you are in your inner journey, life continues to challenge you to grow and change. You might be struggling with aftermath of a recent traumatic experience. Maybe you are haunted by painful childhood experiences that still affect your life today. Perhaps, things are going smoothly, and you are seeking ways to improve your performance at work, sport or a hobby. Let me help you take the next step.
(281) 918-8009 View (281) 918-8009
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Kristen Berglund
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005  (Online Only)
I have over 14 years of experience working with teens and adults. My passions include providing affirming care to the transgender and nonbinary community (ages 14+) and treating sexual and other trauma, including complex PTSD. I do this with an eclectic approach, borrowing techniques and theory from several different areas (DBT, IFS, EMDR, Humanism and psychoeducation). I collaborate with each of my clients to provide care tailored to their needs.
I have over 14 years of experience working with teens and adults. My passions include providing affirming care to the transgender and nonbinary community (ages 14+) and treating sexual and other trauma, including complex PTSD. I do this with an eclectic approach, borrowing techniques and theory from several different areas (DBT, IFS, EMDR, Humanism and psychoeducation). I collaborate with each of my clients to provide care tailored to their needs.
(832) 400-6786 View (832) 400-6786
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Dr. Marcia Lindsey•Stress•OCD•Sleep•Neurofeedback
Psychologist, PsyD, MSW
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
Extensive experience in EMDR, CBT, Neurofeedback, and other techniques.
Are you constantly worried? Do you freeze when making decisions? Does your mental load keep you tossing and turning at night? Do you experience intrusive or unwanted thoughts? Do you feel compelled to perform certain behaviors or rituals? Have you tried regular talk therapy without success? Neurofeedback, EMDR, CBT, Touchpoints, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy, and other research-based therapies can help you achieve tangible relief. You can utilize the strengths of your brain to address emotional difficulties, including challenges that are biologically based or driven by traumatic experiences. Practical tools for sustained healing.
Extensive experience in EMDR, CBT, Neurofeedback, and other techniques.
Are you constantly worried? Do you freeze when making decisions? Does your mental load keep you tossing and turning at night? Do you experience intrusive or unwanted thoughts? Do you feel compelled to perform certain behaviors or rituals? Have you tried regular talk therapy without success? Neurofeedback, EMDR, CBT, Touchpoints, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy, and other research-based therapies can help you achieve tangible relief. You can utilize the strengths of your brain to address emotional difficulties, including challenges that are biologically based or driven by traumatic experiences. Practical tools for sustained healing.
(832) 981-5737 View (832) 981-5737
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Norman Klaunig – Grief + Trauma + Spirituality Therapy
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005  (Online Only)
Some areas I work with are Trauma and PTSD (using EMDR as appropriate), grief, spirituality, anxiety, stress, depression, and domestic abuse.
Early morning, evening, and Saturday appointments available. Your family and even many therapists don't understand you and are not open. Anxiety, relationship issues, numbness, and negative self-image can be signs of trauma. The life transitions you are going through feel harder than you think they should. You feel like you are carrying a heavy load that no one else can see and are disillusioned. Perhaps you had spiritual experiences or dreams you cannot make sense of. You don't know what to believe anymore. But you've had enough of this. You want hope and meaning in your life. I get you. Let me help you move from pain to purpose!
Some areas I work with are Trauma and PTSD (using EMDR as appropriate), grief, spirituality, anxiety, stress, depression, and domestic abuse.
Early morning, evening, and Saturday appointments available. Your family and even many therapists don't understand you and are not open. Anxiety, relationship issues, numbness, and negative self-image can be signs of trauma. The life transitions you are going through feel harder than you think they should. You feel like you are carrying a heavy load that no one else can see and are disillusioned. Perhaps you had spiritual experiences or dreams you cannot make sense of. You don't know what to believe anymore. But you've had enough of this. You want hope and meaning in your life. I get you. Let me help you move from pain to purpose!
(210) 361-3066 View (210) 361-3066
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Michelle Salzman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MEd, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005  (Online Only)
Acting like everything is okay but secretly falling apart? Need change? I can help. I work with women and men ages 18 & up. My specialties include anxiety, depression, gaslighting, spiritual abuse, divorce recovery, chronic illness/pain, & hormonal imbalance. I use EMDR, DBT and PRT interventions. Our sessions would be online only. I can see you wherever you are in Texas. Contact me today! I am available for supervision of motivated LPC-A's looking for a quality supervisor in the state of Texas. I offer Christian counseling/ supervision when requested. Paneled with BCBS- PPO, Cigna, UHC, and Aetna.
Acting like everything is okay but secretly falling apart? Need change? I can help. I work with women and men ages 18 & up. My specialties include anxiety, depression, gaslighting, spiritual abuse, divorce recovery, chronic illness/pain, & hormonal imbalance. I use EMDR, DBT and PRT interventions. Our sessions would be online only. I can see you wherever you are in Texas. Contact me today! I am available for supervision of motivated LPC-A's looking for a quality supervisor in the state of Texas. I offer Christian counseling/ supervision when requested. Paneled with BCBS- PPO, Cigna, UHC, and Aetna.
(682) 334-8621 View (682) 334-8621
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Hannah Hildinger
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
My biggest goal in therapy is to help clients feel equipped to take on each day to their best ability. Whether that means learning and practicing coping skills, using EMDR to re-process past trauma and reduce triggers, growing your confidence and self-esteem, or just allowing space to better understand your thoughts and emotions, I will be with you every step of the way to support you through your therapeutic journey. I am a firm believer that therapy has the ability to truly improve your quality of life and relationships with those around you, and I hope that you will allow me to be a part of your process.
My biggest goal in therapy is to help clients feel equipped to take on each day to their best ability. Whether that means learning and practicing coping skills, using EMDR to re-process past trauma and reduce triggers, growing your confidence and self-esteem, or just allowing space to better understand your thoughts and emotions, I will be with you every step of the way to support you through your therapeutic journey. I am a firm believer that therapy has the ability to truly improve your quality of life and relationships with those around you, and I hope that you will allow me to be a part of your process.
(346) 456-5104 View (346) 456-5104
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Kristen A. Berglund
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005  (Online Only)
I've completed EMDRIA-approved basic training and am working toward certification in EMDR, an evidence-based treatment for trauma.
Everyone can use guidance at some point. It’s not my job to judge or be the expert on your life. I’m here to listen, affirm, challenge and educate you about your psychological health, so that you can make the best choices for YOU. I find people to be fascinating and love to learn what motivates our behavior and thinking. My ideal client is curious, motivated and open to making changes, if needed. I offer a safe space to explore new ways to find peace, manage mental health and enjoy life. I particularly enjoy helping teens and adults explore gender and sexual identity.
I've completed EMDRIA-approved basic training and am working toward certification in EMDR, an evidence-based treatment for trauma.
Everyone can use guidance at some point. It’s not my job to judge or be the expert on your life. I’m here to listen, affirm, challenge and educate you about your psychological health, so that you can make the best choices for YOU. I find people to be fascinating and love to learn what motivates our behavior and thinking. My ideal client is curious, motivated and open to making changes, if needed. I offer a safe space to explore new ways to find peace, manage mental health and enjoy life. I particularly enjoy helping teens and adults explore gender and sexual identity.
(832) 402-6175 View (832) 402-6175
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Kristina Tutt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
I am a trauma-informed therapist who is trained in EMDR, an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
The path from growing up quietly queer in a small Midwestern town to living as an out lesbian in the 4th largest city in the country has informed my work within the LGBTQ+ community. I believe that knowledge is an integral part of building acceptance and pride in oneself and the community, and I am eager to continue working with people in all stages of the coming out process. Most recently, my focus has been on HIV prevention and treatment; I am passionate about working with clients who are at high risk for exposure, entering treatment, or working to maintain viral suppression.
I am a trauma-informed therapist who is trained in EMDR, an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.
The path from growing up quietly queer in a small Midwestern town to living as an out lesbian in the 4th largest city in the country has informed my work within the LGBTQ+ community. I believe that knowledge is an integral part of building acceptance and pride in oneself and the community, and I am eager to continue working with people in all stages of the coming out process. Most recently, my focus has been on HIV prevention and treatment; I am passionate about working with clients who are at high risk for exposure, entering treatment, or working to maintain viral suppression.
(713) 987-3708 View (713) 987-3708
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Teresa Petersen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005  (Online Only)
I am a licensed clinical social worker, certified in EMDR and have advanced training to incorporate ego state and yoga skills in session.
Do you feel "stuck" in the past, destructive behavior patterns, or judge yourself harshly? Your mind races and you have to plan 10 steps ahead and still don't feel "ok!" Do you feel disconnected or overwhelmed by your mind or body and not able to live the life you want? Please call me, together we can gently begin the process of change and healing. It may feel impossible now, but I quite often reflect upon the following quote "...do the thing you think you cannot do" by Eleanor Roosevelt. In making this call you will find a place where you are valued and nurtured, to gently and compassionately begin your healing journey.
I am a licensed clinical social worker, certified in EMDR and have advanced training to incorporate ego state and yoga skills in session.
Do you feel "stuck" in the past, destructive behavior patterns, or judge yourself harshly? Your mind races and you have to plan 10 steps ahead and still don't feel "ok!" Do you feel disconnected or overwhelmed by your mind or body and not able to live the life you want? Please call me, together we can gently begin the process of change and healing. It may feel impossible now, but I quite often reflect upon the following quote "...do the thing you think you cannot do" by Eleanor Roosevelt. In making this call you will find a place where you are valued and nurtured, to gently and compassionately begin your healing journey.
(832) 358-3310 View (832) 358-3310
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Glenda L Rice
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005  (Online Only)
Have you lost track of who you really are? Do you take care of the wants and needs of others without having your own needs met? Do you live your life according to what other people want and expect from you? Do you sometimes feel like you’re just a mirror, reflecting other people’s lives? I can help you find a balance between your inner self and your outer self.
Have you lost track of who you really are? Do you take care of the wants and needs of others without having your own needs met? Do you live your life according to what other people want and expect from you? Do you sometimes feel like you’re just a mirror, reflecting other people’s lives? I can help you find a balance between your inner self and your outer self.
(713) 338-9245 View (713) 338-9245
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Catherine Boswell
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005
Psynergy Psychological Associates is a full service psychotherapy office. We offer sliding scale fees for therapy with our LPC-Intern therapists. We are a society in which everyone of us - individually - is expected to "pull ourselves up by our proverbial boot-straps and keep going," which has its benefits and drawbacks, the biggest problem being that the metaphorical straps will inevitably break, often leaving individuals isolated and with relationship and/or work difficulties. I wonder if you could consider it an act of strength and courage - rather than weakness - both to seek help and then to risk receiving it?
Psynergy Psychological Associates is a full service psychotherapy office. We offer sliding scale fees for therapy with our LPC-Intern therapists. We are a society in which everyone of us - individually - is expected to "pull ourselves up by our proverbial boot-straps and keep going," which has its benefits and drawbacks, the biggest problem being that the metaphorical straps will inevitably break, often leaving individuals isolated and with relationship and/or work difficulties. I wonder if you could consider it an act of strength and courage - rather than weakness - both to seek help and then to risk receiving it?
(713) 512-5999 View (713) 512-5999
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Amy Fuller PhD
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West University Place, TX 77005
I have the honor of walking alongside brave and courageous individuals and couples as they strive to become better than they are, overcome what they feel overwhelmed by, become who they dare dream of becoming, and love beyond themselves through the transformative power of love and forgiveness. I hold both a doctorate and masters degree in marriage and family therapy and have a private marriage and family therapy practice in Houston Texas specializing in marriage and sex therapy, trauma and depression. I also serve as the clinical director for a non-profit counseling organization providing affordable therapy to the community.
I have the honor of walking alongside brave and courageous individuals and couples as they strive to become better than they are, overcome what they feel overwhelmed by, become who they dare dream of becoming, and love beyond themselves through the transformative power of love and forgiveness. I hold both a doctorate and masters degree in marriage and family therapy and have a private marriage and family therapy practice in Houston Texas specializing in marriage and sex therapy, trauma and depression. I also serve as the clinical director for a non-profit counseling organization providing affordable therapy to the community.
(281) 915-2853 View (281) 915-2853
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Cessi Elizabeth Sutter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
West University Place, TX 77005
I am a bilingual English and Spanish speaking therapist that provides counseling and employment services. I offer individual, group, family, and couples therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Typical issues that are worked on in counseling include: depression, anxiety, anger management, domestic violence, grief and trauma, communication, identity, and immigrant issues. For those individuals seeking employment and career coaching, assistance is provided to them in helping them obtain a job or accomplish their professional goals. All services are provided in both English and Spanish.
I am a bilingual English and Spanish speaking therapist that provides counseling and employment services. I offer individual, group, family, and couples therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Typical issues that are worked on in counseling include: depression, anxiety, anger management, domestic violence, grief and trauma, communication, identity, and immigrant issues. For those individuals seeking employment and career coaching, assistance is provided to them in helping them obtain a job or accomplish their professional goals. All services are provided in both English and Spanish.
(713) 587-9974 View (713) 587-9974

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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.