Evergreen Counseling is pleased to offer online EMDR therapy in Berkeley to those seeking to use this powerful, evidence-based modality as a primary treatment modality or in conjunction with your regular talk therapy with your established therapist.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. 

EMDR therapy is a widely researched, evidence-based, and neuroscience-informed integrative therapy that was discovered and further refined to reduce distressing emotional symptoms from a multitude of challenging life experiences including isolated and protracted traumatic experiences, phobias, and more. 

Using bilateral stimulation (be it eye movements, alternating auditory sounds, or bilateral physical sensations – hand buzzers), EMDR works with and aids your brain’s natural impulse to synthesize and metabolize maladaptive memories and beliefs that are getting in your way.

EMDR, simply put, helps your brain and body do what it naturally wants to do: move towards healing.

What issues can EMDR therapy treat?

Whether it’s a single incident event like a car crash, sexual assault, or terrifying plane flight, or if it’s a complex and enduring series of events like ongoing, repeated neglect or disdain from an early caregiver, EMDR can work well in treating a wide variety of disturbing experiences and adverse life events.

Here is a partial list of issues EMDR can be effective in treating:

  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias (such as flying, heights, public speaking)
  • Performance anxieties (test taking, public performances)
  • Medical traumas
  • And more

Don’t see your issue on this list?

Don’t worry – it’s just the tip of the iceberg. At Evergreen, our therapists treat a wide variety of issues so we encourage you to book a complimentary 20-minute consult call with one of our therapists directly to talk through your own unique issues or request a personalized matching consultation (link to CIC LP) with our Clinical Intake Coordinator who can set you up with the therapist that can best support you in your goals right now.

Can I do EMDR therapy if I’m already seeing a therapist?

Yes, absolutely. We can do adjunctive EMDR therapy in conjunction with your primary therapy work when it’s appropriate and wanted.

Oftentimes, in the course of regular talk therapy, you may “hit a wall” so to speak. Your treatment may feel stalled and or you may feel impeded by surfacing trauma memories that are outside the scope of your current therapists’ clinical training to treat.

In these times, seeking out adjunctive EMDR therapy makes sense and can support your work with your primary clinician. By identifying and targeting the surfacing memories, sensations, or limiting beliefs, short-term, intensive EMDR therapy can resolve and metabolize those issues to support forward progress in the rest of your therapy treatment. 

Adjunctive EMDR therapy doesn’t replace your work with your primary therapist – it’s a supplement to that work that can greatly support you. Treatment will likely be shorter (4-12 sessions in nature) and your EMDR therapist can always collaborate with your primary therapist to support your treatment goals.

Do I have to work with you in person? Can we do EMDR online?

At this time, because of COVID-19, we are only offering EMDR therapy (as well as all therapy services) online. 

And yes, EMDR when provided online is still effective. In fact, growing bodies of research suggest that EMDR therapy is still very effective when provided online. 

Clients will be responsible for purchasing these “tappers” to support treatment and your EMDR therapist can walk you through this process.

EMDR Therapy in Berkeley, CA

Evergreen Counseling offers EMDR therapy for anxiety, trauma, depression, and more. We serve Berkeley, Oakland, and the surrounding areas such as Albany, El Cerrito, and Richmond. We’re also located near the campus of UC Berkeley and are available for students and faculty.

Annie Wright

Annie Wright, LMFT

Annie Wright, LMFT is a relational trauma recovery expert and the founder and executive director of Evergreen Counseling. She’s a published author, frequent mental health contributor in the press, and clinically specializes in relational trauma recovery and attachment-focused EMDR therapy. Her style is warm, engaged, direct, relational, evidence-based, multi-modal, phase-oriented. She does her best work with the adult children of the mood- and personality-disordered who long to create healthy, good adulthoods for themselves, no matter where they started out in life. Annie currently offers online video sessions and has appointments available now.

Book an Appointment for Therapy in Berkeley

If you're ready to book an appointment with one of our therapists at Evergreen, simply click below to book your initial complimentary consultation session and then we'll get you matched up and booked right away.

If you'd like to get in contact with us to ask other questions, call or text us at (510) 373-2723 or simply send us a message through this contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

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