• EMDR –
    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:

During EMDR1, past and present experiences are reviewed in brief doses while, at the same time focusing on something else, like a light or movement or sound. Then the client is instructed to let new material become the focus of the thought while focusing on something else again. This is called dual attention. This sequence of dual attention and personal association is repeated many times in the session helping the client to “reprocess” troubling experiences in a new way that is meant to bring relief.

Who it may help:
For people who have experienced a traumatic event(s), EMDR may be a very helpful therapy. Appropriate for veterans who have faced traumatic events and adult family members who may be suffering secondary trauma.

Who can perform EMDR:
Only a licensed mental health therapist certified in both stages of EMDR. Where to find EMDR practitioners: There are EMDR therapists available all over the country. Visit and go to “find a therapist” and there will be a list and phone numbers provided in your community. Another source for EMDR trained practitioners is

Will insurance cover EMDR:
Behavioral health practitioners who are certified in EMDR must be licensed mental health practitioners. Check with your insurance company to see if the EMDR practitioner in your area is eligible for coverage OR call the practitioner to determine insurance eligibility. To find out more about EMDR, you may review some of the information on this new link

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