EMDR Therapy For Vancouver

 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is quietly transforming lives.  

EMDR therapy is a highly effective and evidence-based approach for healing trauma, alleviating anxiety and depression, and addressing addiction.  

Northwest EMDR Therapy is at the forefront of providing this treatment to our Vancouver, WA community, offering hope and healing to those in need.

What Is EMDR Therapy?

 If you haven’t heard of it already, you may be wondering “what is EMDR therapy?”  — we can help with that!

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy that was developed in the 1980s. 

It is designed to help individuals process distressing memories and experiences that have become “stuck” or “frozen” in their minds. These unresolved memories can lead to emotional and psychological distress, or even be tied to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and addiction.

The EMDR Therapy Process

 So how does EMDR therapy work for depression? EMDR is an eight-phase psychotherapy approach where an EMDR therapist helps you link your depression to traumatic, unresolved events that strengthen your negative beliefs. When you are ready to start processing a specific event, the therapist will begin asking questions about your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. As you start reprocessing the event, you will follow movement with your eyes that alleviates the stress of thinking about the unresolved trauma. This environment desensitizes the mind, and you can examine your thoughts, responses, and emotions without judging or trying to change them.

EMDR Therapy allows you to face these painful memories in a low-stress, safe environment. By accepting these responses for what they are, you are then able to become more at peace with the event and how it has impacted you as a person. Then, the therapist can help you replace these negative assumptions your mind has made and replace them with alternative, positive beliefs. At the end of each session, the EMDR therapist will help you return and pause the work until the next session.

How Does EMDR Therapy Work?

EMDR therapy is based on the idea that traumatic memories and experiences can be processed and integrated by stimulating bilateral brain activity. 

During an EMDR session, a trained therapist will guide the client through a series of eye movements, sounds, or taps, which activate both the left and right sides of the brain. This bilateral stimulation allows the brain to reprocess the traumatic memories. Many patients report that this makes these memories less distressing and allows the individual to form adaptive beliefs and emotions.

Who Is EMDR Therapy For?

EMDR therapy is suitable for individuals of all ages who have experienced various forms of trauma, including:

  • PTSD & Trauma: Individuals who have experienced trauma, such as combat veterans, survivors of accidents, natural disasters, or abuse.
  • Anxiety: Those struggling with overwhelming anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias.
  • Depression: Individuals living with depression who are seeking to understand and address potential causes.
  • Addiction: Many people turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with unresolved trauma. EMDR can be a component of addiction treatment by seeking to address underlying issues.

What To Expect From EMDR Therapy?

 Before starting EMDR therapy, it’s essential to have an initial assessment with a trained therapist to determine if EMDR is the right approach for you. 

During an EMDR session, you can expect the following:


  • A safe and supportive therapeutic environment.
  • Discussions about your traumatic experiences and current symptoms.
  • The use of bilateral stimulation techniques.
  • The gradual processing of distressing memories and emotions.
  • The development of adaptive beliefs and coping strategies.

Northwest EMDR Therapy 

 At Northwest EMDR Therapy Vancouver WA, we pride ourselves on providing compassionate, firm, and kind effective EMDR treatment to our clients. 

Our team relies on extensive and continuous training — alongside years of experience in EMDR therapy — and we are committed to helping you on your journey to healing and recovery.

EMDR Therapy For PTSD And Trauma

Trauma can create a situation where an individual finds themself constantly and unwillingly reliving a negative experience. EMDR therapy seeks to provide relief in such instances by reprocessing traumatic memories, ultimately aiming to reduce the emotional charge associated with them.

EMDR Therapy For Anxiety

The constant pressure and fear associated with anxiety is difficult to live with. Addressing the root causes of your anxiety with EMDR is a potential way to seek healing. 

EMDR Therapy For Depression

Depression has many roots, including unresolved traumas and negative beliefs about oneself. EMDR therapy can help you discover and reprocess these painful experiences, and many find it helps improve their mood and yields a more positive outlook on life.

EMDR Therapy For Addiction

Overcoming addiction is a complex journey, and EMDR therapy can be a tool in addressing some of the underlying reasons that fuel substance abuse. Healing these wounds can be part of lasting recovery.

At Northwest EMDR Therapy, we take a client-centered and holistic approach to treatment. 

Each individual is unique and requires a tailored therapy plan. 

We are dedicated to providing a safe, firm, and non-judgmental space where you can explore your past experiences and work towards a brighter future.

Our Approach

At Northwest EMDR Therapy, we take a client-centered and holistic approach to treatment. 


Each individual is unique and requires a tailored therapy plan. 


We are dedicated to providing a safe, firm, and non-judgmental space where you can explore your past experiences and work towards a brighter future.

Make An Appointment With An EMDR Therapist Today!

If you or a loved one is struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, or addiction, EMDR therapy may be part of the solution you’ve been searching for. 

Northwest EMDR Therapy’s compassionate and skilled therapists are ready to help you take the first step towards healing and recovery. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and embark on a journey towards a happier, healthier life. Don’t let the weight of the past hold you back any longer; EMDR therapy can be your path to a brighter future.