EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization)

Healing for Thousands 

 Imagine after days, months and even years of distress due to trauma it is relieved in a brief therapy process. EMDR is that process, it does work, and it has worked for 10's of thousands of clients. 

EMDR is not Hypnosis
     Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in not hypnosis. The client is always in control of the process. Healing happens when the memory of the event with associated thoughts, feelings and beliefs are brought together using a bilateral process, by getting the left and right hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other. The memory is decentered and then reprocessed into a more positive and functional attitude about life. Many people feel a sense of freedom and the change in the therapeutic process is not a momentary fix but the healing continues to bring positive results, often for the rest of a client's life.

EMDR is Freeing
     EMDR is like opening a faucet of jammed up emotions and once opened, it frees thoughts emotions and the reprocessed emotions continue to run positive and clean, sort of to say. Thus, EMDR unlocks thoughts, feelings and beliefs associated with trauma or distressful memories and allows them to fade away.

EMDR Accelerates Treatment      EMDR is an interactional, standardized approach and method to therapy that integrates into and augments a treatment plan. EMDR accelerates the treatment of a wide range of dysfunctional and self-esteem issues related to both upsetting past events and present life conditions. Controlled studies of victims of Combat, rape, molestation, accidents, catastrophic loss and natural disaster indicate that the method is capable of rapid destination of traumatic memories and a significant reduction in client symptoms (e.g. emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares). There are more controlled studies to date on EMDR than any other method used in the treatment of trauma.


EMDR is effective for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) however, EMDR is also effective for many other types of trauma.  EMDR is a remarkable treatment method used to heal the symptoms of trauma, as well as other emotional conditions. EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.

What’s Involved in EMDR Therapy?

EMDR therapy involves 8 phases that incorporate a variety of elements. It includes looking at past memories, current triggers, and skills and behaviors that can help you in the future.


A therapist will review your history, identify specific memories to target, and create a treatment plan.


The therapist will share several techniques to help you cope with any emotional distress that may arise during treatment.


During this portion of the treatment, you will be directed to identify three things associated with the targeted memory to be processed:

  • a visual image related to the memory
  • a negative belief about yourself
  • any physical bodily sensations associated with the memory


As you hold these things in mind, the EMDR processing begins. After the therapist performs the hand movements or other stimulation, you will be asked to let your mind go blank. Then you may either return to continue processing that same memory or move on to process other memories.


Here you replace the negative belief you had about yourself with a positive belief. For example, a victim of assault may go from believing “I am powerless” to believing “I am in control.”


During this phase, your therapist will work with you to resolve any remaining physical tension or bodily sensations related to the memory.


The therapist will ensure that at the end of each session, you feel better than when it started. Your therapist will also provide you with strategies to help you handle any distressing emotions that come up in between sessions and will ask you to maintain a journal where you write down any issues that arise.


At each session, you and your therapist will assess your progress so far and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

History and Treatment Planning EMDR allows a client to process an emotional experience that he/she cannot yet talk about, yet following an EMDR session find an ability to talk about it freely. Most importantly, it can eliminate stress surrounding the traumatic event, with the purpose of allowing new life in the once traumatized and emotionally difficult memory.  

Scientific Research

Scientific research has established EMDR as one of the most effective for post-traumatic stress, especially done by a seasoned EMDR professional.

 Mr. Doug Garner has been doing EMDR since 1996
     Mr. Doug Garner has been doing EMDR since 1996, and had done EMDR Therapy and successfully helped nearly 1,000 clients. The trauma Mr. Doug Garner has worked with has been physical abuse, sexual abuse and rape, emotional abuse,  death (of a loved one, friend, schoolmate, or work associate) and other negative experiences (divorce, work problems, bullying, etc.)

What Clients have said
     Here are some quotes from a sample of clients that have gone through the EMDR process: "I can't believe it's that simple." "I've been in therapy for 2 years (with another therapist) and in a single session I feel completely changed." "You mean I've suffered all this time, over 40 years, and in a single 20-minute session the memory is now just gone?" "Ever since the process two weeks ago I've felt like a whole new person, I don't need therapy any more, Thanks." In addition, I believe that one of the fastest sessions was 17 minutes that helped a 16-year-old girl overcome her trauma of rape.

The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:

complicated grief
loss of a loved one
injury of a loved one
car accident
work accident
assault robbery
rape natural disaster
witness to violence
childhood abuse
victims of violent crimes            

pain disorders            

dissociative disorders
disturbed memories
anxiety or panic
childhood trauma
physical abuse
sexual abuse
post-traumatic stress
bad temper
overwhelming fears
panic attacks
low self-esteem
relationship problems
brooding or worrying
trouble sleeping
eating disorders

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