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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):

Healing Trauma and Facilitating Emotional Resilience


Olivia Emmanuel 

Meet our therapist Olivia Emmanuel who specializes in EMDR!

Welcome to our Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) program, a highly effective and evidence-based approach for processing traumatic memories and fostering emotional healing. At Cognitive Resilience Counselling Clinic (CRCC), we understand the profound impact of trauma on mental health and well-being. EMDR offers a comprehensive and structured therapeutic approach to help individuals overcome the effects of trauma and regain a sense of empowerment and resilience.


Understanding Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):

EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s and has since become widely recognized as a leading therapy for trauma treatment. It is based on the understanding that traumatic memories can become "stuck" in the brain, leading to distressing symptoms and emotional disturbances. EMDR combines elements of cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, and bilateral stimulation to facilitate the reprocessing of traumatic memories and promote adaptive resolution.

The Role of EMDR Therapist:

Our skilled EMDR therapists are trained to guide clients through the eight-phase EMDR protocol. They provide a safe and supportive environment, helping individuals process distressing memories, reduce emotional arousal, and integrate positive beliefs to support healing.

Key Features of EMDR:

At CRCC, our EMDR treatment incorporates several key features to promote trauma resolution and emotional well-being:

  1. Assessment and Preparation: EMDR begins with a comprehensive assessment of the client's trauma history and their readiness for EMDR therapy. Therapists establish a therapeutic alliance and provide coping skills to ensure clients are adequately prepared.

  2. Desensitization and Reprocessing: During the desensitization phase, clients focus on specific traumatic memories while engaging in bilateral stimulation (e.g., eye movements). This process helps the brain reprocess traumatic memories and reduces emotional distress.

  3. Installation of Positive Beliefs: Clients identify and cultivate positive beliefs that counteract negative self-perceptions related to the trauma.

  4. Body Scan and Closure: EMDR includes body scans to identify and release any lingering tension or discomfort. The therapy concludes with closure exercises to ensure clients feel stable and grounded. It is important to note that body scan exercises happen simultaneously throughout desensitization and installation phases. 


Who is EMDR Ideal For:

  • Individuals with Trauma and PTSD: EMDR is particularly effective for individuals who have experienced single-event traumas, complex traumas, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • People Seeking Rapid Trauma Resolution: EMDR is often known for its ability to produce relatively rapid results in trauma processing and resolution compared to some other therapeutic approaches.

  • Clients Open to Processing Traumatic Memories: If you are willing to confront traumatic memories in a structured and supportive environment, EMDR can be an effective choice.


Who is EMDR Not Ideal For:

  • Clients in Current Crisis: EMDR may not be the first choice for individuals experiencing acute crises or severe mental health conditions. Immediate intervention and stabilization may be necessary before initiating EMDR therapy.

  • Those Unwilling to Revisit Traumatic Memories: If you are not ready or willing to revisit traumatic memories, other therapeutic approaches may be more suitable.

  • Individuals with Severe Dissociation or Psychosis: EMDR may not be appropriate for individuals with severe dissociative disorders or active psychosis.

At CRCC, we are dedicated to providing effective trauma treatment through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Contact us to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward healing and emotional resilience.


  • Shapiro, F. (1995). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures. The Guilford Press.

  • Shapiro, F., & Forrest, M. S. (2004). EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma. Basic Books.

  • van der Kolk, B. A., Spinazzola, J., Blaustein, M. E., Hopper, J. W., Hopper, E. K., Korn, D. L., & Simpson, W. B. (2007). A Randomized Clinical Trial of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Fluoxetine, and Pill Placebo in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Treatment Effects and Long-Term Maintenance. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68(1), 37-46.

  • Wilson, S. A., Becker, L. A., & Tinker, R. H. (1995). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Treatment for Psychologically Traumatized Individuals. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63(6), 928-937.

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