What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.

Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. 

Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?

EMDR therapy helps children and adults – all ages. Therapists use EMDR with a wide range of challenges:

Anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias

Dissociative disorders


Personality disorders

Violence and abuse

Chronic Illness and medical issues

Substance abuse and addiction

Eating disorders

Performance anxiety

Sexual assault

Depression and bipolar disorders

PTSD and other trauma and stress related issues

Grief and loss

Sleep disturbance