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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing

EMDR Therapy

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy) is a type of therapy that elicits a bi-lateral (side to side) stimulus, or jump, across the brain’s left and right hemispheres, which mimics what happens during deep (rapid eye movement [REM]) sleep. This is how the brain processes daily experiences. Through this method, a therapist can aid in accessing memories (experiences) that may be contributing to mental health related issues. In time, the process lessens the emotional impact of stored memories and can lead to improvement in mental health.

EMDR therapy is currently offered in our Vancouver clinic.

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How might I benefit from EMDR?

EMDR is helpful for those situations when you just can’t ‘let it go’. EMDR works to access information that is stored in the brain for the purpose of protecting you, but becomes problematic when it gets in the way of living. EMDR helps to soothe ‘overreactions’ and establish trust in oneself to manage day to day functioning. EMDR has been extensivelyresearched and has shown to reduce symptoms in many mental health related concerns, including PTSD. Learn more here. 

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Our EMDR Therapists


EMDR can be used in addition to regular talk therapy, or as a therapy on it’s own. Initial EMDR sessions are conducted like any other standard therapy session. Together with the therapist, you will explore your goals of therapy, your history, your level of coping, and then together, come up with a planmoving forward. During sessions that are specific to the EMDR protocol, the therapist will use bi-lateral stimulation to access unhelpful stored somatic (emotional) memories, and to create new brain patterns of helpful thoughts and resiliency.  

To achieve this goal, your therapist will use their hand, arm, wand or other device to stimulate bi-lateral momement in the brain. This can be done through the use of the eyes (via watching the therapist or device move back and forth infront of the eyes), or the use of a device that is held in your hands and provides a ‘tap’ , or headphones over your ears that oscillate sound back and forth between the ears. This process can elicit strong emotion, which is the memory processing experience, and then the body moves to a soothed, calm state. The process is also used to create new thought patterns in the brain. 

The only requirement for EMDR is that you have a desire to work with the modality, and your therapist of choice.  

If you already have a therapist and it has been suggested that you do some EMDR sessions, your therapist will work with you to target the issues that have been identified with your current therapist. If you are searching out EMDR without talking to your current therapist, it may be helpful to communicate your desires to your current therapist so you can work together towards your goals.  

Alternatively, perhaps you are looking for a new therapist. If so, we have a lovely team that is dedicated to spending 20 minutes with you over the phone to discuss your therapy needs, which may help bring clarity to some of the questions that you have about your healing journey. We welcome you to book a call when the time is right for you. 


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+1 (604) 423-5790
Unit 208 – 2555 Commercial Drive
Vancouver V5N4C1

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