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EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a therapeutic approach used to treat trauma and other mental health conditions.

EMDR therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. There are several benefits that EMDR therapy offers compared to other approaches:

  1. Targeted treatment: EMDR therapy focuses specifically on resolving traumatic memories and experiences, making it a highly targeted treatment for individuals with a history of trauma.

  2. Efficient processing: EMDR therapy can help individuals process traumatic experiences more quickly than other therapeutic approaches, reducing the amount of time required to achieve lasting change.

  3. Integration of mind and body: EMDR therapy incorporates both cognitive and physical elements, which can lead to a more holistic and integrated healing process for the individual.

  4. Evidence-based: EMDR therapy has a strong evidence base, with numerous studies showing its efficacy in treating trauma and other mental health conditions.

  5. Adaptability: EMDR therapy can be adapted to meet the unique needs and circumstances of each individual, making it a versatile and flexible treatment approach.


It’s important to note that while EMDR therapy can be highly effective, it may not be the right approach for everyone. You can learn more about experiencing EMDR therapy here.

What does it mean to be EMDR certified?

To be EMDR certified as an outpatient individual psychotherapist means that the therapist has completed a specific level of training and certification in EMDR therapy, as recognized by EMDRIA. EMDRIA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of excellence and ethical practice in EMDR therapy. provides information and resources for individuals seeking EMDR therapy, as well as for EMDR therapists and trainees.

 This certification demonstrates that the therapist has a strong understanding of the principles and techniques of EMDR therapy and has the skills necessary to effectively apply the approach in individual therapy sessions with clients. Being EMDR certified is a sign of professional competence and a commitment to providing high-quality care to individuals seeking treatment for trauma and other mental health issues.

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