Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Research overwhelmingly demonstrates EMDR as the most effective currently identified non-pharmacological “talk” therapy for recovery from trauma and other distressing life events. Most researchers will maintain this effectiveness remains due to the use of bilateral stimulation unique to EMDR therapy.

Bilateral stimulation (BLS) is a key component of EMDR and is what stimulates the brain to process difficult memories, experiences, thoughts, and emotions. It is a process that engages both the left and right sides of the brain. Eye movements are what is typically used, but other methods can include tapping, auditory, or light movement.

EMDR is an 8 phase treatment that uses bilateral stimulation while focusing on difficult memories. More information on each phase can be found here:

During the first session, we will get to know you by asking questions related to your life journey. We will also come up with goals together that you hope to accomplish through therapy.

Treatment can be quick compared to other forms of traditional “talk” therapy, however, it varies according to the complexity of the memories. Some people report finding some relief in as few as two to three sessions.

Yes! Research indicates EMDR through online therapy remaining just as effective as in-person sessions.

At this time, EMDR Center of Denver is only accepting clients for online therapy who reside in Colorado. Sessions are currently conducted virtually, in the comfort of your own home on a HIPAA-compliant platform.

Confidently between a therapist and a client is one of the most important aspects of the therapeutic relationship! Before starting therapy, you will be given an “informed consent” form, which explains that what you discuss in session, will not be shared with anyone. State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality unless:
Disclosed abuse or neglect of children or elders, which must be reported to either Child or Adult Protective Services and law enforcement.
-If the client reports intent to harm herself/himself or has threatened to harm another person.

Due to state legal and ethical requirements, we can only provide therapy in states in which we are licensed. We are licensed to work with residents who live in Colorado.