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EP 17 What is EMDR Therapy?



Have you heard Prince Harry talking about EMDR therapy and wondered what it is? Are you aware that you experience PTSD or have experienced other trauma that you want to work through and heard about EMDR? EMDR is recognised by the World Health Organisation and many other national and international organizations as an effective treatment for trauma-related symptoms and it is supported by a large body of research.

EMDR is one of the four treatment pillars of Jen’s private practice. “I have seen EMDR reduce the distress from a traumatic incident from a 10/10 to a 0/10 in just 80 minutes.”

In this episode, we cover:

  • What is trauma, through the EMDR lens
  • What are 'flashbacks'
  • How bilateral stimulation mimics REM sleep
  • An example EMDR session so you can get a feel for the process
  • Where to find an appropriately qualified EMDR therapist



Shapiro, F. (2017). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy: Basic principles, protocols and procedures. (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.



Aranda, B. D. E., Ronquillo, N. M., & Calvillo, M. E. N. (2015). Neuropsychological and physiological outcomes pre- and post-EMDR therapy for a woman with PTSD: A case study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 9(4), 174-187.


Prince Harry and Evan Rachel Wood Do EMDR Therapy


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Gosselin P, Matthews WJ. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in the treatment of test anxiety: A study of the effects of expectancy and eye movement. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 1995;26:331–7.


Gupta MA, Gupta AK. Use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of dermatological disorders. J Cutan Med Surg. 2002;6:415–21.


Wilensky M. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as a treatment for phantom limb pain. J Brief Ther. 2006;5:31–43.


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