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EMDR Therapy Calgary

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach. It involves a structured process designed to assist individuals in reprocessing unresolved trauma, anxiety and other distressing emotions, allowing them to move towards healing and improved mental health.

During an EMDR session, the client will be asked to recall a traumatic event while their clinician guides them through eye movements, or other forms of bilateral stimulation. This helps facilitate the reprocessing of distressing memories, therefore, reducing their emotional intensity.

What is EMDR therapy and how does it work?

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What does EMDR treat?

Clinicians with expertise in EMDR customize the approach according to the individual's age, developmental phase, and specific requirements, ensuring that treatment is effective and suitable. EMDR is effective in addressing the below:

Children

  • Attachment concerns

  • Behavioral concerns

  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Confidence and Self-Esteem

  • Eating disorders

  • Phobias

Adults

  • Relationship issues

  • Grief and Loss

  • Complex Trauma

  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Confidence and Self-Esteem

  • Eating disorders

  • Phobias

What do we specialize in?

Our experienced clinicians specialize in providing EMDR therapy for adolescents and adults. We understand the unique needs of these age groups and customize our approach to ensure the most effective treatment.

What specialized tools do we use?

EMDR buzzers, pulsers and lightbars operate similarly by producing bilateral stimulation. These devices are designed to deliver rhythmic, tactile or auditory stimulation. They deliver periodic stimulation with intervals typically ranging from 1.5 to 3 seconds, alternating between the right and left sides of the body.

 

The expanded use of bilateral stimulation extends beyond therapy sessions and consistently results in:

  • Increased feelings of safety and calmness

  • Enhanced focus, attention, and quality sleep

  • Reduced stress, anxiety, and pain

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Benefits of EMDR Therapy

  • Quick results: As EMDR is known for its efficiency,  many clients experience relief from symptoms after just a few sessions.

  • Reduced emotional distress: Traumatic memories become less emotionally charged, allowing individuals to cope in more effective ways.

  • Improve self-esteem: EMDR can assist in breaking negative patterns of thinking, replacing them with positive beliefs, and nurturing a more positive self-image.

  • Enhance coping skills: Clients acquire valuable coping strategies to manage any future challenges.

  • Reduced verbalization: EMDR limits the need for extensive verbal expression. Our clinicians lead their clients through eye movements/ other forms of bilateral stimulation, which enable the process to primarily occur within their inner experience. EMDR could help individuals who struggle with verbalizing their emotions.

  • What are the steps I need to take to begin the couples counselling process?
    If you or your partner are worried about your relationship the first step you need to take is requesting a free 20-minute consultation. From this point we will book an appointment in person or online and then develop goals from there to best meet your needs.
  • What do you cover in couples counselling?
    I will work with you to develop a therapeutic plan designed to address your unique needs, goals, and problems/issues. Together we will prioritize which goals you would like to "target" first.
  • What's your clinical counselling timings?
    At the Thrive Business Centre: Tue & Thurs: 12 pm - 9 pm & Wed: 2 - 8 pm, At the Sunalta location: Monday and Friday from 12 pm - 9 pm. Subsequent sessions focus on your individualized goals. Appointments are between 1 - 3 weeks apart to give you opportunities to work on the skills you have learned from the previous therapy sessions.
  • How can someone outside my relationship really help me?
    Seeing a therapist can help you identify issues that you may not have seen at the time and then equip you with the tools you need to fix these issues and develop a better connection with your partner.
  • How long does the couples counselling process last?
    This process is a little different for everyone. It will depend on how much work you have to do, how often I see you, and how hard you work towards your goals.
  • Will my health insurance cover most of the costs of couples counselling?
    Almost all Extended Health Care Plans cover all or a portion of the costs for a psychologist under "psychologist services", "psychotherapy", or "counselling". Contact your insurance agent for more information on reimbursement procedures and coverage information. Direct Billing can be performed for a number of companies. Direct billing is where the Psychologist will bill your insurance company and you will only be responsible to pay for your portion of the session cost. Click here to see if yours can be directly billed.
  • Will my partner and I always attend couples counselling sessions together?
    Attending couples counselling sessions together works best for the relationship. It will help to see both sides of the story and different perspectives on the issues you wish to tackle. If for whatever reason you or your partner can not make it to the session we can always reschedule up to 24 hours beforehand.
  • Can I come for couples counselling without my partner?
    We recommend coming together, but if one of you can not make it we can reschedule up to 24 hours beforehand. We also offer individual counselling for individual issues outside the relationship: anger management, communication skills, conflict resolution, emotional expression

Get Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in Calgary

If you are unsure whether we can meet your  counselling or assessment needs give us a call to receive a free consultation. You can then decide whether we are a good fit for you or your family.

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