EMDR Therapy Calgary

Clearview Counselling is committed to helping individuals heal from trauma and distressing life experiences. One of our most effective approaches to healing is through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Our experienced therapists in Calgary, AB have witnessed the transformative power of EMDR Therapy, helping clients overcome the symptoms of traumatic incidents and memories.

Introduction to EMDR Therapy and Its Benefits

EMDR Therapy is a comprehensive psychotherapy approach that aims to alleviate the distressing symptoms of traumatic life experiences. It was originally developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to help individuals who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has since been proven to be effective for a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, addiction, and phobias.

EMDR Therapy has become an increasingly popular treatment method due to its effectiveness and evidence-base. It helps the brain process traumatic memories in a more efficient and adaptive way, allowing individuals to move on from the past and feel less anxious, more level-headed, more confident, and in control of their thoughts and feelings.

How EMDR Therapy Works and What to Expect During Sessions

During the EMDR Therapy sessions, trained therapists guide clients through a series of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation (maybe link this to the question/answer below that explains bilateral stimulation) while recalling traumatic experiences. This method facilitates emotional processing and helps the brain integrate the traumatic memory without activating the emotional pain, thus reducing its associated distress.

EMDR Therapy sessions are typically an hour long, and the number of sessions required varies based on the individual. It is essential to note that the level of engagement and skill of the therapist can significantly impact the number of sessions needed to complete therapy successfully.

Conditions and Symptoms EMDR Therapy Can Address

EMDR Therapy can effectively treat a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, addiction, and phobias, and it is incredibly effective for treating PTSD. Some of the common symptoms that EMDR Therapy can help address include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Intrusive thoughts or flashbacks
  • High levels of anxiety, tension, or stress
  • Irritability, anger, and outbursts
  • Negative beliefs or self-esteem issues


Clearview Counselling’s Unique Approach to EMDR Therapy

At Clearview Counselling, our specialized in EMDR therapists offer a unique approach that caters to the individual’s needs, tailoring therapy to the client’s unique set of symptoms and life experiences. We provide a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment for our clients, helping them feel comfortable and relaxed.

Our EMDR Therapists commit to providing evidence-based treatment that includes regular follow-ups, adjustments, and overall progress evaluations. Our clients receive continuous guidance throughout the therapy process, with the aim of achieving the best outcomes and complete healing.

How to Schedule an Appointment or Contact Clearview Counselling for More Information

Contact Clearview Counselling today to schedule an EMDR Therapy appointment or learn more about our therapy process. We offer flexible appointment scheduling, making it easy for you to receive therapy without interrupting your routine. Our private practice in Calgary, AB is dedicated to helping individuals get the treatment they need to live happier, healthier lives.

Clearview Counselling is dedicated to delivering compassionate care while creating a comfortable and safe environment for our clients. Our certified EMDR Therapists cater to your unique needs, providing an evidence-based approach that achieves optimal results. We aim to help you heal from within and live a fulfilling life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Here are some common FAQs for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

EMDR therapy, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, is a psychotherapy approach that helps individuals process and heal from traumatic experiences. During EMDR sessions, a trained therapist guides clients through eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation while recalling distressing memories. This process helps the brain reprocess the traumatic memory, reducing associated distress and promoting healing.

EMDR therapy can be beneficial for individuals who have experienced trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, phobias, grief/loss, and other mental health conditions. It can also help to improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote emotional healing and resilience.

EMDR therapy sessions at Clearview Counselling usually last around one hour. The duration of treatment can vary depending on each individual’s needs, the complexity and severity of their trauma, and their progress throughout therapy.

The number of sessions required varies from person to person. Typically EMDR is expected to take 6-12 session; however, this may vary drastically depending on your needs and whether you are doing EMDR therapy as a stand-alone therapy or integrated in other therapy. Your therapist at Clearview Counselling will work with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your specific needs.

Yes, EMDR therapy is considered safe when administered by a trained and licensed therapist. At Clearview Counselling, our EMDR therapists have received specialized training in EMDR therapy and adhere to ethical guidelines to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the process.

Bilateral stimulation is the use of sounds, eye movements, or tapping on one side of the body and then the other. The stimulation activates both sides of the brain and soothes and calms the nervous system. In EMDR, bilateral stimulation is used while processing traumatic experiences and/or difficult feelings/sensations in order to enhance the brain’s access to positive images, sensations, thoughts, and emotions. The process allows distressing memories to be reprocessed so they no longer trigger difficult emotions or sensations.

Absolutely. EMDR therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment or integrated with other therapeutic approaches to address your mental health needs. Our EMDR therapists at Clearview Counselling are experienced in developing personalized treatment plans that may involve a combination of therapies for the best possible outcome.

Children who have emotional or behavioural difficulties that are linked to difficult or traumatic experiences often benefit from EMDR therapy. Our children’s therapist at Clearview Counselling has received specialized training in EMDR for children.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about EMDR therapy at Clearview Counselling, you can contact our office directly by phone or email. Our friendly staff will assist you in setting up an appointment and answering any additional questions you may have.

If you have any further questions or concerns about EMDR therapy or our services at Clearview Counselling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to support you on your healing journey.