EMDR Therapy In Toronto, Vancouver and across Canada

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Supporting physical and mental traumas with EMDR therapy

Trauma lives in your physical body as much as it lives in your mind. Finding and feeling that sense of safety and security in your physical body is just as important as finding it in your brain. EMDR helps with that, by integrating stimulation typically through eye movements, it helps to process trauma hidden in your body faster than regular talk therapy. 

Due to the positive scientific research associated with EMDR, it has become a popular form of therapy used to support folks with trauma, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, shame, phobias, complex grief and loss, amongst other things. 

With EMDR therapists in Toronto and Vancouver and online sessions to support the rest of Canadians, we’re here to help you find an EMDR therapist near you.

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What EMDR therapy looks like

By engaging in bilateral stimulation, typically through eye movements, clients can reprocess traumatic events, alleviating their emotional charge and promoting healing. EMDR therapy (Vancouver or Toronto) can happen in person or with an online therapist. A typical EMDR therapeutic experience might look like this:

We start by:

Exploring your life history and any current issues you're experiencing, working together to create a therapeutic plan.

Coping strategies:

Prior to bringing up any traumatic events, your therapist will help you to develop strategies to manage any overwhelming feelings that might arise during the EMDR process.

The EMDR process:

Throughout your sessions, after relevant memories have been identified, your therapist will guide you through a series of eye movements. During this process, new perspectives about your past experiences may begin to emerge, and will be reinforced by the process.

It’s important to note that EMDR can be used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, like CBT or DBT. Depending on your personal history and the techniques available, your therapist may elect to combine EMDR with other modalities

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Taking the first step towards finding the right EMDR therapist for your needs is a straightforward and personalized process. Your EMDR therapy can be the main focus of your session or could be integrated into a talk therapy session with other modalities.
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1. Select the, match with a counsellor, button.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find a qualified EMDR therapist in my area?

At Phare, we offer a free matching call with one of our specialists to help you find the right therapist for you. Whether that is an EMDR therapist, someone who focuses on CBT, DBT or another modality.

What conditions can EMDR therapy help with?

EMDR therapy has been found to be effective in treating a range of psychological conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, depression, phobias, panic disorder, grief, and various forms of trauma.

Is EMDR therapy effective for children and adolescents?

Yes, EMDR therapy can be highly effective for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma or are struggling with anxiety, phobias, or other emotional difficulties. It is often adapted to suit the developmental needs and cognitive abilities of younger clients.

How many sessions of EMDR therapy are typically needed to see results?

The number of sessions required can vary depending on individual factors such as the nature and severity of the issue being addressed, the client's readiness to engage in the therapeutic process, and their overall progress.

Are there any side effects or risks associated with EMDR therapy?

While EMDR therapy is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, some individuals may experience temporary discomfort or emotional distress during or after sessions as traumatic material is processed. These effects are typically transient and can be managed with the support of a qualified therapist. It's essential to discuss any concerns with your therapist before beginning treatment.

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