Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective therapy for treating a wide range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief.  EMDR was initially developed to heal people who suffered from post-traumatic stress and other traumatic disorders.  It has been widely used in the military and with first responders. After much research, EMDR is an effective therapy for a wide variety of mental and emotional challenges.  EMDR makes use of new research into how the brain works.  



How EMDR Therapy Works

EMDR works by identifying the key negative experiences that led to your current issues and using evidence-based techniques to give your brain the time and space it needs to do the processing it wasn’t able to do at the time. It is much more effective at addressing core issues than most talk therapies, and people are often astonished at how powerful and rapid EMDR can be.



We’re proud that ASSIST has EMDR-trained clinicians on staff ready to help you experience rapid and long-lasting relief from stress and trauma.


If you live in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge or the surrounding region and you think EMDR could help you, book an appointment below, or call us at (705) 716-0749 or email geoff@ASSISTcounselling.com to set up an appointment.  


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Understanding EMDR

This video was put together by EMDR International and is a great introduction to the therapy.  It explains the connection between trauma and memory and how EMDR helps to "reprocess" this. There is a strong focus on reducing the stigma that surrounds trauma.

EMDR for Trauma, Anxiety and Phobias

Watch this Wisconsin news special (NBC26) on EMDR. Hear how a man's troubled childhood caused problems in adulthood, and how EMDR therapy helped him get his life back.  

EMDR and Childhood Trauma

 Hear Tricia Walsh's story of recovery from childhood trauma through EMDR therapy