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What Is Rapid Eye Movement Therapy - EMDR Therapy in Edmonton?

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an empirically validated psychotherapeutic approach in use since 1989. “Empirical validation” means a positive correlation exists between the method of treatment and the resulting positive effects, measured by observation and experimental studies.

Over the years, nearly a half-million individuals (from children to seniors) have gained relief from addictions, personality disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, phobias, and psychological distress through EMDR therapy. Local patients with any of these psychological conditions can try EMDR therapy in Edmonton at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. Call us to schedule an appointment and get started.

How Does EMDR Work?

Have you ever forgotten something you normally wouldn't have under usual circumstances during a time of stress or upset? We all have. When we are upset, our brains cannot process information in the same way. For example, when a client experiences a traumatic moment and recounts it repeatedly in their dreams or subconscious, they may feel disoriented, confused, or panicked. These feelings may interfere with how an individual interprets images, sounds, smells, words, and sensations.


The EMDR method is a type of AIP — "Accelerated Information Processing" — that appears to unblock the brain's natural information-processing systems. This type of therapy allows clients to recover more rapidly from painful or stress-inducing experiences, especially those that seem to be on constant replay. EMDR uses bilateral eye movements (similar to those experienced during REM sleep) or bilateral sounds or "taps" to resolve clients' fears. Clients associate their fears with less disturbing sensations through this physiological activity, essentially "rewiring" the neural pathways. Afterwards, clients can process these sensations and memories more freely and easily.


EMDR helps you recover from trauma, change how you experience past events, and allows you to further your development as an individual. During EMDR therapy, you will remember details of the original trauma-inducing event in a more fact-based, rather than a sensation or feelings-based manner. This allows clients to see the event for what it actually is, without its negative, disorienting, or fear-inducing power. Following treatment, you will be able to remember the event without feeling confused or upset.

Anxiety is real, and it affects children, adolescents and adults. EMDR therapy can be beneficial to patients of all ages. Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. offer EMDR therapy in Edmonton at our conveniently located clinic.

If you or someone you love suffers from an anxiety disorder, you may wonder what treatment options you can access. After all, you don't want chronic anxiety to keep you or your family members from enjoying life or exploring talents and future opportunities.

One effective treatment option involves Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Edmonton clients can come to Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. to find relief with this therapy.

To learn more about how EMDR can help children overcome emotional traumas, download our brochure, EMDR & Children — A Guide for Parents, Professionals & Others Who Care About Children (PDF).

Who Can Be Treated with the EMDR Technique?

What EMDR Treats

EMDR allows psychologists to treat several conditions, including:

Distressing memories
Anxiety disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
Childhood trauma
Loss and grief
Addictions (substance, sexual, gambling, food)
Residential school survivors
Intergenerational trauma (children of Holocaust, war or residential school survivors)

Versatile Treatment

As mentioned in the section above, EMDR therapy in Edmonton can be effective in treating addiction, trauma, anxiety and depression. Generally, to treat trauma, we might initially identify your trauma and its triggers and whatever cognition emerges. Then, the client is asked to bring up the image that represents the memory. With the image in mind, the therapist uses some form of bilateral stimulation to reprocess the image in order to reduce the level of distress to zero. At this point, the therapist will help you identify current triggers associated with the memory and whatever cognition emerges. Once this trigger and cognition are reprocessed positive cognition is installed and memories with positive thought patterns and healthier behaviour adjustments are created. As a result, trauma, its symptoms, and triggers become less overwhelming. Similarly, we use EMDR to treat addiction, which sometimes involves addressing past trauma which is often the cause of addictions. By treating this trauma, we aim to minimize compulsions toward substances.


Our team lets your requirements drive our approach. For instance, we have used a combination of EMDR and psychotherapy to deal with addiction in past clients.


If you'd like to learn more about our EMDR therapy in Edmonton, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us. We also provide Gestalt therapy to our clients.

See how eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) have been effectively used to treat trauma by watching this informative video. EMDR has successfully helped both children and adults, so this therapy can also bring healing if your child experiences night terrors or fear of abandonment.

Healing Trauma: EMDR Patients Share Their Stories

If you would like to learn more about EMDR therapy at our Edmonton office, call us at 780-433-2269 to speak to a staff member or schedule an appointment.

How to Schedule Treatment

Courtesy of EMDR International Association

Understanding Mental Health

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A hectic schedule and busy life can lead to stress, sometimes talking to a counsellor can help.

Take the First Step

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