Learn More About EMDR Therapy in Ottawa

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is an extensively researched psychotherapy that helps clients recover from trauma and other distressing life events. The premise of this therapy is that adverse experiences that have not been fully processed by the brain, can cause disruption and problems in our present day lives.

EMDR uses the brain’s natural tendency towards healing to process stuck memories or events that cause disruptions in day to day living. EMDR therapy can be used to treat past or recent trauma, anxiety/panic, stress, adverse experiences and much more. Whether you’ve faced a single traumatic incident or a series of distressing events, EMDR can provide a way forward.

How Does EMDR Work?

EMDR therapy is based on the understanding that trauma can become “stuck” in the brain and body, leading to emotional, physiological and psychological distress. Through a structured and client-centered approach, EMDR helps you reprocess these memories, reducing their emotional intensity and allowing you to move forward with your life.

The Essence of the Therapeutic Journey

The therapeutic process typically begins with the establishment of goals. Our therapists collaborate closely with the individual to define what they hope to achieve through therapy. These goals can vary widely from person to person, ranging from reducing anxiety symptoms to developing a more positive self-image, gaining insights into one’s thought patterns and behaviors, or coping with past traumas. By setting these objectives, individuals gain a sense of direction and purpose in their therapeutic journey.

Our Approach to EMDR Therapy

  • Professional Guidance: Our trained and compassionate therapists will guide you through the EMDR process, ensuring your comfort and safety every step of the way.
  • Tailored to You: We recognize that each person’s journey is unique. EMDR therapy is adapted to your specific needs and experiences, ensuring a personalized approach to healing.
  • Safe and Supportive Environment: Your well-being is our top priority. We provide a safe and supportive space for you to explore and process your emotions.
  • Evidence-Based: EMDR therapy is backed by extensive research and is recognized as an effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma-related concerns.

What to Expect in a EMDR Session

During EMDR sessions, you’ll be guided to focus on distressing memories while engaging in bilateral stimulation, such as guided eye movements or other techniques. This process helps you reframe and reprocess these memories, reducing their emotional power.

Benefits of EMDR Therapy

  • Healing from Trauma: EMDR therapy can significantly reduce the impact of traumatic experiences, allowing you to regain control over your life.
  • Relief from Distressing Memories: Disturbing memories that have haunted you can become less distressing, freeing you from their emotional grip.
  • Improved Emotional Well-being: EMDR can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD, promoting emotional resilience.


Our Practice

Clients work collaboratively with mental health professionals to establish therapeutic goals and work towards self-improvement and understanding.