EMDR Therapy: An Insightful Approach to Healing Trauma

EMDR Therapy: An Insightful Approach to Healing Trauma

At iMentalHealth counselling Services, located in St. Albert, Alberta, we understand the profound impact of trauma and the necessity of addressing and healing it. One of the therapeutic techniques we use is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of EMDR therapy, its techniques, and its effectiveness in healing trauma.

Understanding EMDR Therapy

EMDR is a psychotherapy approach designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories. Developed in the late 1980s by Dr. Francine Shapiro, EMDR therapy has gained widespread recognition for its effectiveness in treating trauma and other distressing life experiences, such as anxiety, depression, Grief, and pain.

The science behind EMDR therapy lies in its ability to help the brain process traumatic memories. The therapy uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, taps, or tones, to help the brain reprocess these memories and reduce their emotional impact. This process is a testament to the resilience of the human mind and its capacity for healing.

EMDR Therapy Techniques

EMDR therapy is structured into eight phases, each designed to prepare the client, process distressing memories, and consolidate gains. The therapist plays a crucial role in guiding the client through these phases and ensuring the client’s safety and comfort throughout the process. This client-centered focus is a core value at iMentalHealth Counselling Services.

EMDR Therapy for Trauma

EMDR therapy targets and reprocesses traumatic memories, changing the way these memories are stored in the brain. This therapy can be used to treat various types of trauma, including childhood abuse, sexual assault, war trauma, and natural disasters. The process of desensitization and reprocessing is vital in trauma healing, leading to a significant reduction in symptoms and an enhancement of overall Mental Health.

Insightful Approach to Trauma Healing

EMDR therapy offers a unique approach to dealing with trauma. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR does not require clients to talk in detail about their traumatic experiences. Instead, it focuses on the client’s own rapid, rhythmic eye movements to facilitate the brain’s natural healing process. This method provides a less intrusive and more comfortable experience for the client.

Healing Trauma with EMDR

EMDR has a significant impact on the symptoms of trauma. It can reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. Moreover, EMDR promotes resilience and coping skills, playing a crucial role in trauma recovery. These benefits extend beyond the therapy sessions, empowering clients to manage their emotions and navigate life’s challenges more effectively.

Benefits of EMDR Therapy

EMDR therapy offers physical, emotional, and psychological benefits. It can alleviate physical symptoms associated with trauma, such as headaches and insomnia. Emotionally, it can help clients manage distressing emotions more effectively. Psychologically, it can improve self-esteem and self-efficacy, fostering a stronger sense of self and a more positive outlook on life.

EMDR Trauma Treatment

The process of EMDR therapy involves several stages, from initial assessment to reevaluation. The client plays an active role in this process, working closely with the therapist to identify and process traumatic memories. This collaborative approach ensures that the therapy is tailored to the client’s needs and promotes a sense of ownership and control over the healing process.

How EMDR Therapy Works

The role of rapid eye movements in EMDR therapy is to stimulate the brain’s information processing system. This stimulation helps the brain reprocess traumatic memories, reducing their emotional impact. The therapy has a profound impact on the brain and body, promoting healing and recovery. This process underscores the intricate connection between our mental and physical health.

EMDR Therapy Insights

Current research supports the efficacy of EMDR therapy in treating trauma. However, misconceptions about EMDR therapy persist. It’s important to understand that EMDR is a complex therapy that should be administered by a trained professional. At iMentalHealth Counselling Services, our therapists are highly trained in EMDR and committed to delivering this therapy with care and professionalism.

EMDR Therapy and Trauma Recovery

EMDR therapy is a powerful tool in the broader context of trauma recovery. It can complement other therapeutic approaches and has the potential to transform trauma into a source of strength and resilience. This transformative potential is central to our mission at iMentalHealth Counselling Services, where we strive to support people in finding the resources within them to heal, grow and find Meaning in their life to move forward in their mental health journey.


EMDR therapy offers a unique and effective approach to healing trauma. At iMentalHealth Counselling Services, we are committed to supporting our clients on their healing journey. If you or a loved one are considering EMDR therapy, we encourage you to reach out to us.

For more information or to book an appointment, call us at (780) 893-9091 or email us at admin@imentalhealth.ca. You can also visit our website at https://imentalhealth.ca/ or follow us on our social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Written by Geordy, a Registered Psychologist and Director of iMentalHealth. Geordy’s passion to help others stems from his own experience of being a survivor of a critical illness and a bone marrow transplant recipient. His commitment to helping others navigate their mental health journey is reflected in the quality of care provided at iMentalHealth Counselling Services.


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Geordy Murphy

MA Registered Provisional Psychologist

Registered Provisional Psychologist. EMDR and Gottman training. I work with individuals, and couples.