EMDR Therapists in Chicago

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EMDR Therapy

Past traumas can hold you back, but there's hope. Find it here.

EMDR therapy is an effective, compassionate approach to healing emotional wounds and trauma. To schedule an appointment or learn whether working with an EMDR-trained therapist is right for you, fill out an intake form or give us a call.

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Our therapists recently underwent an intensive Level 1 EMDR training and are fully certified to implement EMDR therapy. Our EMDR therapists are qualified to provide safe, effective, compassionate care to children, teens and adults. They understand that healing from trauma can be a journey, and they are here to walk alongside you with patience and understanding. Taking a trauma-informed approach, our therapists know how to create a safe and supportive space where you can feel empowered to process your experiences and move towards a brighter future.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR is a proven, evidence-based therapy designed to help you fully process trauma by involving your body in the healing process. It uses bilateral stimulation, which can include eye movements, tapping, or sounds, to engage both sides of your brain. This helps you work through your emotions and experiences more effectively. EMDR can be done on its own, usually in 15-25 sessions, or integrated into your regular therapy as needed.

How does EMDR Work?

EMDR therapy uses eye movements, tapping, or sounds to stimulate both sides of the brain.  This process helps reprocess traumatic memories and integrate them into your overall life story. When a traumatic event occurs, it can get “stuck” in the brain, causing ongoing distress. EMDR helps to unlock these memories, allowing the brain to process them in a healthier way, reducing their emotional impact.

The science behind EMDR involves how our brains process and store information. During a traumatic event, the brain’s natural coping mechanisms can become overwhelmed, leading to improperly stored memories that cause ongoing stress and negative emotions. Bilateral stimulation in EMDR is believed to mimic the natural processing that occurs during REM sleep, facilitating the brain’s ability to reprocess and heal from these stuck memories. This helps reduce symptoms of trauma, anxiety, and other related conditions, promoting overall mental health.

What can EMDR Help With?

EMDR therapy is a versatile and effective way to help you overcome various emotional and psychological challenges. This therapy addresses deep issues that might otherwise be difficult to address, helping you live a more balanced and fulfilling life. EMDR can help with:


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Grief and Loss
  • StressChronic Pain
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Anger Management
  • Dissociative Disorders
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EMDR is Covered by Insurance!

EMDR is billed as a specialized service. We work with several major insurance providers including:

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO
United Health Care

Don’t have insurance? Not a problem! Visit our Payment & Insurance page to see your payment options and to view a full list of accepted insurance providers.

Benefits of EMDR Therapy

  • Reduces Symptoms of PTSD

    EMDR is highly effective in alleviating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, helping individuals process and integrate traumatic memories.

  • Improves Emotional Regulation

    This type of therapy aids in managing and reducing intense emotional responses, leading to better emotional stability.

  • Enhances Coping Mechanisms

    By addressing and resolving past trauma, EMDR helps build healthier coping strategies for current and future stressors.

  • Decreases Anxiety and Depression

    EMDR has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, promoting overall mental well-being.

  • Boosts Self-Esteem

    Working through traumatic experiences can lead to increased self-awareness and self-worth, improving self-esteem.

  • Accelerates Healing

    EMDR can speed up the healing process compared to traditional talk therapies, often requiring fewer sessions to achieve substantial results.

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EMDR Therapy Can Be Done Virtually!

EMDR therapy can be done effectively in person or online. If you’re in Illinois or Colorado and interested in working with an EMDR-certified therapist, search our therapists page or contact us.