Can I do EMDR online?

EMDR online

A question I am frequently asked is, “Can EMDR be done online?”

The answer is yes, it can! Over recent years various online EMDR platforms emerged, making trauma and EMDR work more accessible than ever before.

What is EMDR?

EMDR is shorthand for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy and is a therapeutic model developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 80s.  It utilizes bilateral stimulation, alongside a specific protocol, to help our brains process and work through where we get stuck.  Since then, its become one of the most evidence-based treatment models for trauma.   Moreover, continued research shows efficacy in treating other mental health disorders as well!

Considering EMDR?

Read our blog below: https://www.couragepsych.com/thinking-about-emdr/

What is bilateral stimulation?

Bilateral stimulation is activating both sides of your brain.  When Francine first developed the model, eye movement was the preferred format for bilateral stimulation.  Both sides of the brain were activated by following someone’s fingers from left to right.  Now, auditory and tactile stimulation are additional options for bilateral stimulation.  Most importantly, clients are able to identify the option that best meets their needs.

For example, a client finds they can focus better when they have their eyes closed and prefer to use auditory or tactile stimulation.

What online EMDR platform do you use?

In our practice, we utilize remotEMDR.  remoteEMDR provides eye movement, auditory and tactile bilateral stimulation options to meet a client where they are.  What’s more, there are many different options for each type of bilateral stimulation. 

For example, a client prefers music to object sounds for auditory stimulation or visually following dog characters vs. dots across the screen for visual stimulation.

Learn more about remotEMDR by following the link below:


Is there research available about participating in EMDR online?

Yes, more consistent options for providing EMDR online emerged over the last few years, as well as research on its efficacy. Read one research article below!


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