EMDR Therapy2024-05-29T01:59:42+00:00


EMDR Therapy

Transforming lives with EMDR therapy

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What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a highly effective psychotherapy that helps individuals process and heal from traumatic events. During an EMDR session, you are asked to briefly focus on experiences from the past while engaging in bilateral eye movements. In doing so, you reprocess the event, desensitize your reaction to the memory, change the way you view yourself as a result of the event, and clear the trauma from the body. EMDR empowers you to overcome emotional barriers and provides lasting relief.

What to Expect

EMDR focuses on healing the past, present and future. We look at what experiences from your past are causing your current struggles. Then we use EMDR to help you prepare for future scenarios. EMDR therapy involves eight phases. These phases are designed to help clients process traumatic memories and experiences, reduce distressing symptoms, and promote healing and resilience.

1. History Taking and Treatment Planning

The therapist gathers information about the client’s history, current issues, and goals for therapy. A treatment plan is developed based on this information.

2. Preparation

The therapist prepares the client for EMDR by explaining the process, teaching relaxation techniques, and equipping the client with tools to self soothe and remain emotionally regulated.

3. Assessment

The therapist helps the client identify specific memories or experiences to target during EMDR therapy. These memories are usually related to past traumatic events or distressing experiences.

4. Desensitization

This phase involves using bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements, taps, or tones) to help the client process the targeted memories or experiences. The client focuses on the memory while simultaneously experiencing the bilateral stimulation.

5. Installation

Positive beliefs and emotions are reinforced during this phase. The client is guided to replace negative beliefs or emotions associated with the targeted memories with more positive and adaptive ones.

6. Body Scan

The therapist helps the client notice any physical tension or discomfort related to the targeted memories and uses bilateral stimulation to eliminate negative bodily sensations.

7. Closure

The therapist ensures that the session ends in a stable and calm state. The client is taught self-soothing techniques to use between sessions if needed. Techniques such as guided imagery or relaxation exercises may be used to promote physical relaxation.

8. Reevaluation

In subsequent sessions, the therapist and client review progress and identify any remaining areas of distress that may need further processing with EMDR.

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What Can EMDR Therapy Help With?

  • Anxiety

  • Anger management

  • Childhood trauma

  • Childhood emotional neglect

  • Adult children of emotionally immature parents

  • Healing from a dysfunctional family

  • Abuse

  • Relationship trauma

  • Abandonment wounds

  • Attachment trauma

  • Insecure attachment


  • PTSD

  • Complex developmental trauma

  • Panic attacks

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Clearing the body of trauma

  • Negative beliefs about self

Sessions and Pricing

Weekly or Biweekly sessions occur in person or through telehealth using Simple Practice. Simple Practice is a fully HIPPA compliant electronic health records (EHR) system that provides a synchronous 2 way telehealth video platform.

If your session is through telehealth, you will receive a link to sign in for your appointment 24 hours before your appointment time.

Sessions are 60 and 90 minutes long.


EMDR 60 minute session private pay rate – $140
EMDR 90 minute session private pay rate – $210
EMDR Additional 30 minutes $70

Individual therapy 60 minute crisis session (within 24 hrs) – $200 weekday rate
Individual therapy 60 minute crisis session (within 24 hrs) – $300 weekend rate

Payment Options: 

Highmark and BCBS plans are accepted. All major credit/debit cards accepted. FSA/HSA funds accepted. Ask about Care Credit as a payment option. Provider willing to provide Superbill for OON insurance reimbursement.

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