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In Person and Online EMDR Therapy, Trauma, Grief and Critical Illness Therapy

EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy, EMDR Group Therapy and EMDR Intensives

According to EMDRIA: 

"EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. "


To learn more about EMDR, visit the EMDRIA website here:

EMDR Therapy for Individual

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a form of therapy that finds the negative beliefs attached to your memories while simultaneously tapping into your emotions. It allows you to reprocess the trauma.

EMDR is effective for treating: 

  • PTSD

  • Trauma and Complex Trauma

  • Traumatic Grief

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self Esteem

  • Caregiver Burnout

  • Interpersonal and Relational Issues

  • Critical Illness (including anxiety around upcoming procedures)

EMDR can be used with (verbal and non verbal) children and adults. Adriana does not currently work with children due to being 100% online. 

Adriana has received training in the following EMDRIA approved protocols: 

EMDR Standard Protocol for Adults

EMDR PRECI (Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and On Going Traumatic Stress)

ASSYST - Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Procedure for Individuals (ASSYST-I) 

EMDR and Play Therapy for Children and Adolescents

It can only be practiced within the confines of my License in the states which I am licensed in (currently only Texas and Florida). EMDR  can be done virtually through online therapy sessions or In-Person at the McKinney location. You can also travel into Texas to do an EMDR Intensive or participate in an  EMDR Group Intensive.

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More About EMDR

  • Do I have to purchase anything, like a light kit, for our EMDR session?
    No, bilateral stimulation can be done in a variety of methods. You are able to use your computer screen, headphones (optional), and your own arms and two hands! Most clients do well with tapping on their own with the "butterfly hug," but occasionally, I will send a website link to clients who are better suited for on-screen bilateral stimulation but this method will not work on your cell phone,
  • Is EMDR painful?
    EMDR is not physically painful. You are tapping into memories with loaded emotions and negative beliefs in short intervals of time while using bilateral stimulation such as eye movement, bilateral auditory stimulation, or bilateral tapping.
  • What is the structure of EMDR therapy?
    Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR therapy has 8 phases. Phase 1: History and Treatment Planning Although this is very similar to traditional therapy, the therapist is looking for specific negative cognitions with emotionally charged memories for treatment planning. This phase can take as little as 4-6 weeks but most people don’t understand that it can take several months to move into Phase 2. Phase 2: Resourcing Here we prepare you with resourcing which is a fancy way of saying calming/grounding techniques. Phase 3 leads into Phase 4. Phase 4 is the Reprocessing of emotionally charged memories, thoughts, beliefs, feelings. It is what makes EMDR -- it is the part that everyone refers to as the technique that brings results. Getting to the reprocessing part can take 6 weeks to more than 8 months. But all of it is part of EMDR. You can't jump in the water if you don't know how to swim, so ethically, your therapist will make sure you have enough resources to stay in your window of tolerance.
  • If I already have a therapist I talk to, do I need to stop visiting her to do EMDR with you?
    If you already have a therapist who does not do EMDR, you can ABSOLUTELY stay with your therapist to continue working on your goals with them AND work through your EMDR goals with Adriana. This approach actually helps you focus only on EMDR and maximize your time in the sessions. You can have your therapists communicate with each other with a Release of Information form. This is one of the therapy models that allows for two therapists because EMDR treats different goals.
  • Can I travel to Texas to do EMDR therapy with you?
    Absolutely. Adriana is limited by her licensing board (BHEC) in providing EMDR therapy within the state of Texas. But if you choose to travel in to have EMDR therapy, please contact Adriana to discuss how to properly create an after-care program.
  • Can I do an Intensive Only?
    In short, Yes. But an after-care program will need to be set to make sure that you have support after your intensive, which can be quite....intense. 😅
  • If I am a current client, can I do an EMDR intensive?
    Yes! I encourage it! Sometimes, the weekly sessions can get sidetracked by things that happen in between sessions, which is equally as important. Doing an EMDR intensive will allow for more reprocessing and less distraction towards the therapeutic goals. Instead of the initial Pre-Intensive session and Post-Intensive session, you will have 3 hours of therapy credit to be used for additional EMDR reprocessing within 30 days of your EMDR Intensive.
  • In group EMDR, do we sit around hearing everyone's stories.
    Group EMDR is more private than traditional Support Groups and Group Therapy. In Group EMDR, you quietly process, without making eye contact with others. You are not asked to speak up, so you spend less time hearing other people's thoughts, emotions, experiences and spend more time working quietly and privately on yours! It's amazing!
  • Can I do EMDR in a 45 minute session
    EMDR requires the 55-60 minute session minimum. The recommended is a 90 minute session, however, if we stay on target, we can do EMDR with the 60 minute session.
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