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How Can EMDR Help with Trauma and Other Emotional Distress?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a trauma psychotherapy that helps people heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy studies and research show that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body can recover from physical trauma.

The belief at the core of EMDR therapy is that the brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.

I would like to help you move towards healing

How is EMDR different from other types of therapy?

EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment.  Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation of the brain) are used during one part of the session.  After we determine what you would like to target and which memory to target first, I will ask you to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and you track my hand as it moves back and forth across your field of vision. Internal associations of that memory come up, and you begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. 

Unlike traditional talk therapy, the insights you gain in EMDR therapy don’t come from my interpretation but from your own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour are all good indicators of emotional health and resolution.

Many of my clients leave feeling empowered and transformed. The good news is that you can do this without speaking in a lot of detail or doing homework used in other therapies.

EMDR has helped clients with all kinds of mental health issues including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Single incident or complex trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Addictions (behavioral and substance)
  • Phobias
  • Chronic pain
  • Obsessive compulsive and related disorders

If you’d like more information about EMDR, please visit EMDR Canada and EMDR International Association:



If you’d like more information about how I can help you, please click here or contact me at jennifer@brentwoodcounselling.com.

By Jennifer Wright


Brentwood Counselling Centre

For over 20 years, Brentwood Counselling Centre has been offering counselling and therapy services for individuals, couples, relationships, marriages, families, and groups, serving clients from Burnaby, Vancouver, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, and beyond.

All therapists at Brentwood Counselling Centre have extensive education and training in their areas of practice. Furthermore, they are all registered for clinical practice in BC and adhere to the strictest ethical guidelines as set out by their corresponding governing body.

For more information about our therapists and their areas of practice, please email our office at info@brentwoodcounselling.com. Or click here to view our therapists’ profile, contact them directly, and request an appointment.