The integrative psychotherapy technique known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been well-studied and successful in treating trauma. However, it has also been widely recognized as effective in treating various mental health issues, including addiction. EMDR is a collection of standardized procedures combining different therapeutic modalities' components.


In EMDR, a structured method is used to aid the patient in recalling traumatic memories or experiences while also providing bilateral stimulation. You can accomplish this stimulation by tapping, making eye motions, or using audio signals. Bilateral stimulation aids in the person's ability to reprocess and recover from traumatic situations by facilitating the brain's natural processing and integration of such memories or emotions.

Therapists frequently use EMDR to assist clients in discovering and processing beliefs that emerged from relationship traumas, abuse, or neglect during childhood. Unprocessed beliefs influence current thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that can lead to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and unhealthy behaviors such as substance use, isolation, feelings of loneliness, and a sense of not belonging. For a more in-depth explanation, please visit EMDR Consulting. https://emdrconsulting.com/about/what-is-emdr/).


EMDR was first shown to be beneficial for treating PTSD, but it has also been shown to help treat the following conditions:

  • Complicated Grief
  • Addictions
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual and Physical Abuse
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Pain Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Stress Reduction
  • Personality Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Dissociative Orders

None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you.

Do you feel uncomfortable feeling feelings that you think are excessive for the circumstances, and maybe others think too? Do you tend to react strongly to specific stimuli? Do you harbor one or more self-defeating ideas that you know intellectually are untrue yet nevertheless hold?

If so, EMDR treatment might still be a suitable fit for you. To find out if EMDR might assist you in letting go of things that no longer serve you, call us today for a free phone consultation.


Is it necessary to tell my therapist all the details about my problems for them to be processed?

Talking about all the details of your experiences is optional for them to be processed.

Will I get emotional?

Sure, you could. Processing may bring up feelings and experiences, but you'll be ready for them, and your therapist will support you in handling them safely. They rarely return after being processed!  Most people feel a sense of peace after EMDR processing.

Is EMDR like hypnosis?

No, you are fully present and in control during the EMDR processes.

Is EMDR a brief treatment?  

Like all treatment modalities, EMDR will assist you in reaching your therapeutic objectives. The complexity of your issues will determine how long it takes.

Often, EMDR will be only one of several treatment modalities utilized to assist you in achieving your goals.