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What does EMDR treat?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was originally discovered to work with clients who have a history of trauma and have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, over the years it is becoming integrated into treatment for other issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addictions, attachment and self-esteem issues, and many other matters that have an emotional or physical distress component associated with them.

EMDR is a specialized technique that requires specific training. Therefore, not all therapists practice this type of therapy. Barcelona Counseling provides therapists who have been specially trained to treat many issues with EMDR. Neurofeedback

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How an EMDR session looks like?
During the EMDR session, the client focuses on a troubling memory and identifies the emotions/feelings, the physical sensations that the memory causes, and the negative belief connected to this memory. For example, in dealing with a memory where the client experienced lack of love from parents, the person may believe “I am not good enough”, might feel sad and lonely, and might feel a tension on the stomach area. When those are identified, the client proceeds to imagine helpers or resources to deal with those negative emotions, sensations, and self-believes. By imagining that the client is receiving help, the client starts feeling more positive emotions, physical sensations, and starts experiencing positive self-believes like: “I am good enough”.

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EMDR – Barcelona Counseling

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a dynamic, scientifically proven psychotherapy that helps people recover from traumatic events that lead to poor mental health. Living through unfortunate events can cause health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. EMDR therapy allows people to heal from emotional trauma and the symptoms this condition causes. 

During EMDR therapy, people go through eight different phases with a licensed therapist. These phases start with a person's mental health history and the creation of a therapy plan. We care for every patient through eight standard stages that involve:

  1. History taking

  2. Preparation

  3. Evaluation

  4. Desensitization

  5. Installation 

  6. Body scanning

  7. Closure

  8. Reassessment

In each phase, individuals start feeling less stressed. Eventually, their demeaning life experience becomes empowering. Our mission is not to close open wounds but also to transform people's life. As part of EMDR treatment, you focus on a specific memory and learn how to do eye movement exercises. Individuals learn to use brain connections with eye movement. This connection muffles their agonizing triggers to the negative situation. 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a highly recommended way to help people who have been through traumatic events. EMDR is more like psychotherapy for treating trauma, and the evidence shows that it works. Trauma symptoms can appear from a highly challenging or painful life experience – for instance, the breakdown of a marriage or exposure to war. 

Trauma looks broadly as intrusive symptoms (perceptions, recollections, thoughts) of the traumatic events, prevention of reminders (people, places, or feelings attached to the trauma), and stimulation (irritability, sleep disturbances, and difficulty concentrating). If you have been suffering from the effects of trauma, now you don't have to suffer alone.


We Follow Standard Principles of EMDR Treatment

EMDR therapy has borrowed different forms of psychotherapy from other treatments. It has specific techniques and principles to enhance its effectiveness. The primary principle focuses on the connection between the therapist and the person. Of course, a positive therapeutic relationship increases the possibility of a person getting successful. A bond of mutual respect and trust grows between the therapist and the person. This bond is built gradually when a therapist tries to understand an individual's point of view. One more principle is that EMDR is action-oriented psychotherapy. If a person remains actively involved in therapy sessions, they can put their learned and practiced techniques to work.

Learning goes on with the third principle; homework. Therapists assign tasks for the individual to complete, which usually involves more practice. They discuss the outcomes of using techniques and skills in real-life situations. Barcelona counseling has experts who guide a person through each phase of EMDR. We assist them with disturbing memories of the past, get attached to the present situation, and prepare for a better, more hopeful future. 

Reach out to us today so your mental health problems stop being a distraction from the life you deserve. Our therapeutic health and counseling services can help you resolve the mental condition that is disturbing your life.



  • What is EMDR?
    EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy technique that helps individuals process and heal from traumatic experiences or distressing life events by using bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping.
  • How does EMDR work?
    EMDR therapy involves a structured eight-phase approach: preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and reevaluation. Bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, is used to help the client process and integrate traumatic memories and develop healthier coping mechanisms.
  • What types of issues can EMDR treat?
    EMDR has been proven effective for treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and other trauma-related issues. It can also address anxiety, depression, phobias, grief and loss, addiction, and other mental health concerns.
  • How long does an EMDR session last at Barcelona Counseling?
    EMDR sessions at Barcelona Counseling typically lasts 60–90 minutes, depending on the client's needs and the phase of treatment.
  • How many EMDR sessions will I need?
    The number of EMDR sessions needed varies depending on the individual and the complexity of the issues being treated. Some clients may experience significant improvements after just a few sessions, while others may require more extended treatment.
  • Is EMDR a safe treatment method?
    EMDR is considered a safe and effective therapy when provided by a trained and certified EMDR therapist. Organizations like the World Health Organization and the American Psychiatric Association have recommended it after conducting extensive research.
  • Can EMDR be used with children and adolescents?
    Yes, EMDR can be adapted for use with children and adolescents. Trained EMDR therapists at Barcelona Counseling can modify the therapy to suit younger clients' developmental needs and capabilities.
  • What is the success rate of EMDR?
    EMDR has been shown to be highly effective in treating trauma-related issues, with studies reporting up to 90% improvement in PTSD symptoms after just a few sessions. Success rates for other mental health concerns may vary, depending on the individual and the severity of their condition.
  • How do I know if EMDR is right for me?
    A thorough assessment by a trained EMDR therapist at Barcelona Counseling can help determine if EMDR is the most appropriate treatment for your specific needs and goals.
  • Can EMDR be combined with other therapies?
    EMDR can be integrated with other therapy modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to provide a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
  • Will I be conscious and in control during EMDR sessions?
    Yes, clients remain fully conscious and in control during EMDR sessions. The therapist will guide you through the process, but you are always in control of your experience.
  • How soon can I expect to see results from EMDR treatment?
    Some clients may notice improvements after just one or two sessions, while others may take several sessions to experience significant changes. The pace of progress varies depending on the individual and the complexity of the issues being addressed.
  • Do I need a referral for EMDR treatment at Barcelona Counseling?
    No, you do not need a referral to begin EMDR therapy at Barcelona Counseling. You can directly contact our clinic to schedule an initial consultation.
  • Is EMDR covered by insurance?
    Insurance frequently pays for EMDR as a legitimate psychotherapy procedure. However, checking with your specific insurance provider to determine coverage details is essential.
  • How do I find a certified EMDR therapist at Barcelona Counseling?
    You can visit the Barcelona Counseling website or contact our clinic directly to find a certified EMDR therapist on our team. Our therapists' profiles and qualifications are available online for your reference.
  • What should I expect during my first EMDR session at Barcelona Counseling?
    During your first EMDR session, your therapist will assess your specific needs, gather relevant background information, and discuss your treatment goals. They will also explain the EMDR process and answer any questions you may have.
  • How do I prepare for an EMDR session?
    Before your EMDR session, you must be well-rested, hydrated, and nourished. It can also be helpful to reflect on the issues you'd like to address in therapy and come prepared with any questions you may have for your therapist.
  • Will my EMDR sessions at Barcelona Counseling be confidential?
    Yes, all therapy sessions at Barcelona Counseling, including EMDR, are strictly confidential. Your therapist will only share information with your consent or when required by law, such as in cases of imminent harm to yourself or others.
  • How can I support my healing process outside of EMDR sessions?
    To enhance your healing process, it's essential to practice self-care, follow your therapist's recommendations, and stay engaged in the therapeutic process. This may include journaling, practicing relaxation techniques, engaging in physical activity, or connecting with supportive friends and family.
  • What do I do if I experience strong emotions or memories between EMDR sessions?
    If you experience intense emotions or memories between sessions, it's crucial to reach out to your EMDR therapist at Barcelona Counseling for guidance and support. They can help you navigate these emotions and support you throughout your healing journey.

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