Can EMDR Therapy be Done Online?

When the pandemic hit, many people began to work with their therapists online. But there were many skeptics who did not believe the benefits of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, also known as EMDR therapy, which is traditionally a hands-on, in-person therapy, could translate to online platforms. But as the pandemic unfolded and more and more therapists began using EMDR therapy online, it became clear that this protocol was just as effective used virtually as it was in-person.

While anecdotal evidence has its place (and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence for online EMDR therapy), scientific research is now emerging that proves the effectiveness of EMDR therapy practiced online. One such study from 2021 is cited in this article.

How is EMDR Therapy Conducted Online?

To deliver effective EMDR therapy, the therapist must deliver a form of bilateral stimulation (e.g., a stimulus you can track as it crosses the midline of your body). Generally an EMDR therapist would facilitate the movement of their client’s eyes by moving their finger from left to right in front of the client’s face. However, this is not the only means to achieve bilateral stimulation. The client can actually be led to tap their shoulders or knees in a rhythmic sequence.

Thanks to virtual platforms like Bilateral Base, a therapist and their client can conduct virtual face-to-face sessions and bilateral stimulation can still easily be achieved.

Do You Need Help Overcoming or Recovering From Trauma?

EMDR is a highly effective tool for helping individuals recover from trauma. EMDR can also be used successfully to treat anxiety, depression, panic, phobias, and more.

Though many services has returned to in-person formats, many clients choose to continue EMDR sessions online. They find doing this work from the comfort of their own home helps them feel safe. Online sessions are secure and confidential.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your first session, please reach out and I'd be happy to connect.