EMDR — Transforming Stress and Trauma
• Enhancing Performance
We are glad you have found our directory of certified EMDR therapists.
Whatever challenges you may be facing, we congratulate you for taking the next step by looking for professional help
Are you struggling with…
• Relationship Issues?
• Anxiety or Worry?
• Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD)?
• Performance Issues?
Our therapists excel in EMDR
“Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming”
– a complicated name for a specialized approach that is proving to be extremely effective
EMDR can help you
feel good about yourself.
Feel more confident with others. Reach your goals in less time . . . because EMDR changes the way your brain processes memories & experiences.
This photo shows Dr. Daniel Amen's brain scan of a woman with severe PTSD resulting from two violent attacks.
Here is her brain scan after completing just 4 ninety-minute EMDR sessions
Someone whose brain has locked-in stressful or traumatic memories often feels stuck and in distress.
Through EMDR that person can emerge from their cocoon and be free . . .
We are the only network that requires each of its members to be EMDRIA-Certified
Because of their training and certification, you can confidently choose any therapist you find on our website.
What is EMDR and why is it a “comprehensive therapy”?
The dictionary defines “comprehensive” as inclusive; covering many things; including all, complete. EMDR is a multi-sensory approach to therapy that has been demonstrated to accelerate the healing process for 80-90% of clients, making it much easier for people to identify and release all kinds of internal blocks and fears. Generally known as EMDR, this acronym stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” — quite a mouthful! But also quite a breakthrough in treatment.
EMDR therapy has been validated by over 20 years of research. Because of EMDR’s unique multi-sensory approach, it is highly effective. People who have suffered for years from the bondage of negative mental and emotional states often find freedom at last as a result of these methods.
EMDR comprehensive therapy is useful for overcoming stressful experiences of all kinds — even deeply embedded traumas, which can be the basis of your depression, anxiety, compulsions or addictions (whether substance or behavioral addictions), relationship challenges, phobias, fears, or performance issues.
A Directory of EMDR Therapists
Choose with confidence
This website only lists therapists who have completed EMDRIA-Approved training and received their certification to practice EMDR comprehensive therapy. Each therapist in our directory is EMDRIA-Certified, or is in the process of completing their Certification, based on the standards and protocols established by the EMDR International Association. This assures you that anyone referenced here is qualified to provide you with the highest level of comprehensive treatment. No other directory offers you this assurance.
Of course, your choice of a therapist is more than their credentials. It is very important to choose someone with whom you feel safe, accepted, and understood. These elements are part of a successful therapeutic relationship. Thus, we recommend you choose a few therapists you are drawn to and interview them by phone to see who you connect with best.
For the benefit of therapists who wish to become certified in this comprehensive therapy approach, we also list Consultants, Facilitators and Trainers approved by the EMDR International Association to provide thorough consultation in EMDR.
Beginning Your EMDR Therapy
by Dana Terrell, LCSW, EAC
"Francine Shaprio's discovery of EMDR is one of the most important breakthroughs in the history of psychotherapy."
Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain that Changes Itself
Francine Shapiro, PhD is the developer of EMDR, the first researcher of the EMDR Protocol, and an author of several books about EMDR. She has recently published her newest book, a self-help book for the public called "Getting Past Your Past."
This is a great introduction to EMDR at any stage along the way, whether you are thinking of getting therapy, are mid-way through therapy and would like some added self-help practice, or don't feel a need for professional treatment now, but just want to help yourself with a challenge. Read an exerpt at the bottom of this article.
By buying this book, you not only help yourself. You also can help many others. All of the profits from this book will be divided between two noble causes.
The EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs
First, is EMDR-HAP. The EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. HAP consists of volunteers who go to areas torn by disaster to provide free trainings to local therapists, so they can help with the long-term recovery from the trauma. Thus, local counselors can help those who develop symptoms quickly, as well as those who find the symptoms popping up later, as often happens. Also, they provide low cost trainings to therapists who work in non-profit agencies. We want to help under-served populations to access EMDR therapy. We EMDR therapists believe that freeing people from PTSD is a great way to contribute to world peace.
EMDR-HAP was founded to help the survivors of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Since then it has helped in war torn areas, where there have been earthquakes, 9/11, tsunamis, hurricanes and other disasters.
EMDR Research Foundation
Second noble cause is the EMDR Research Foundation. This Foundation supports quality research in EMDR.
It is very important to find ways to fund research in these days of budget cuts. Thus, you will be helping those who want to find out how effective EMDR can be for Depression (already some promising research, but more needed), for Panic Disorder (likewise), Substance Abuse and so on.
Over twenty years of research has already proven to help very effectively with traumas large and small. It's been proven to eliminate phantom limb pain. It does a great job with some phobias. So much proof exists for PTSD that that EMDR is accepted by every major insurance company and all major professional associations.
Also, the prestigious Cochran Review which tracks medical research has determined that everyone suffering from PTSD should have access to either EMDR or CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
Here is an excerpt from the book:
"Why would a beautiful, intelligent woman keep picking the wrong men, throw herself on the floor and beg them not to leave her?
Why would a successful businessman be hit with anxiety whenever he had to make a presentation?
Why would a woman with the constant feeling of dread, fears of abandonment, and eating disorder not be able to make sense of it, seeing therapist after therapist?
There is a simple explanation for these people's problem involving how the brain functions.
This book explores why we suffer--and what to do about it."
I think you will find this a very readable, clear and helpful book. And it will give you a great introduction to an amazing therapy approach!
©2012 Dana Terrell, LCSW, EAC