Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic approach that helps individuals deal with traumatic experiences, anxiety and other emotional problems.  EMDR Therapy can be beneficial for people who have experienced trauma, including those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, and depression.

EMDR therapy uses a variety of techniques to help individuals process and reprocess traumatic memories.  The therapy involves eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, which help to desensitize the traumatic experience and reduce negative emotional responses associated with it.

EMDR therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for PTSD and other trauma-related disorders.  It can also help people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems.

At ACT Curious, we offer EMDR therapy to help our clients heal from past trauma and overcome emotional challenges.  Our team of experienced therapists has extensive experience in providing EMDR therapy and other evidence-based therapies to help individuals achieve their mental health goals.

Here are some benefits of EMDR therapy:

  • Reduced anxiety and depression symptoms
  • Improved ability to cope with stress and difficult emotions
  • Increased self-awareness and understanding of the impact of trauma on your life
  • Enhanced ability to process and integrate traumatic experiences
  • Improved relationship with others
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence


What are the advantages and disadvantages of EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy has many advantages and some potential disadvantages.

Here are some of the main ones:


  1. EMDR therapy has been shown to be effective for treating PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and other trauma-related conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
  2. It is relatively short-term therapy, with many people reporting improvements after just a few sessions.
  3. EMDR therapy can be less emotionally taxing than other therapies that require clients to revisit traumatic memories repeatedly.
  4. EMDR therapy an be tailored to an individual’s specific needs and can be combined with other therapies, such as talk therapy or medication.


  1. EMDR therapy is not suitable for everyone.  Individuals with a history of dissociative disorders, psychosis, or certain medial conditions may not be able to safely participate in EMDR therapy.
  2. EMDR therapy requires the client to be able to access and recall traumatic memories, which can be difficult or uncomfortable for some people.
  3. Some individuals may experience temporary distress or physical discomfort during or after EMDR therapy sessions.
  4. EMDR therapy may not work for everyone and may not produce immediate or significant improvements in some cases.

Why would my therapist choose EMDR over Exposure Therapy?

Both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and Exposure Therapy are evidence-based treatments for trauma and anxiety-related disorders.  While they have some similarities, there are also some key differences between the two approaches.

Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy involves gradually exposing the individual to the feared situation or object, either in vivo (in real life) or thourgh imaginal exposure (imagining the feared situation).  The goal of exposure therapy is to help the individual overcome their fear and anxiety by learning to tolerate the situation and developing new, less distressing associations with it.


EMDR therapy, on the other hand, involves a structured process that uses bilateral stimulation (e.g., eye movements, tapping, or auditory tones) to help the individual process traumatic memories and experiences.  The goal of EMDR therapy is to help the individual reprocess traumatic memories and resolve the emotional distress associated with them.

There are some situations where EMDR therapy may be preferred over Exposure Therapy. For example.

  • For individuals who are unable to tolerate prolonged exposure:  Some individuals may find exposure therapy too distressing or overwhelming, and EMDR therapy may be a better fit for them.
  • For individuals with complex trauma: EMDR therapy may be more effective for traumatic events, as it can address a broader range of traumatic experiences in more focused and efficient manner.
  • For individuals with dissociative symptoms, as it focuses on processing traumatic memories and experiences without requiring the individual to fully re-experience them.
  • For individuals with negative shelf-beliefs: EMDR therapy includes a focus on identifying and replacing negative self-beliefs that can result from traumatic experiences.

It is important to note that both exposure therapy and EMDR therapy are effective treatments for trauma and anxiety-related disorders.  The choice between the two approaches should be based on the individual’s specific needs and preferences, as well as the clinical judgment of your therapist.

It is important to note that the benefits and drawback of EMDR therapy can vary depending on the individual and their specific circumstances.

If you are interested in learning more about EMDR therapy to see if it is a good fit for you or scheduling an appointment, please contact us at ACT Curious.  We are here to help.

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