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Plant / EMDR - EMDR KW Counselling by Gulin Aydin, Psychotherapist located in Waterloo, Ontario.



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR, is an extensively researched and scientifically studied therapy technique used by millions of clients and thousands of therapists for almost 35 years.   It intends to treat individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or other trauma-based afflictions. It is especially effective when treating the effects of a single traumatic event. In some cases, just a few EMDR sessions can aid the day-to-day life of an individual. However, for people who have endured prolonged, complex traumas, the treatment requires more time.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful psychotherapy technique that has proven to be highly effective in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post-traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. 


Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and focus. It targets psychological disorders by directly focusing on the traumatic memories that cause them.  EMDR, as shown by extensive scientific research studies, is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).


EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation (i.e. right/left eye movement) that activates both sides of the brain; this, in theory, releases emotional experiences, images, and memories while lessening the physical and psychological impacts of recalling them.  Meaning, you are not at the mercy of your memories when exposed to them, allowing us to better analyze and heal the wounds that they have left behind.


The obstructions between the mind and body are dissolved and the two are able to connect once again to be whole.

How Does it Work?

The therapist gently works with the client, asking them to revisit a traumatic moment or incident.  They are asked to recall and describe the feelings and negative thoughts that surround the memory.   The therapist then holds their fingers about eighteen inches from the client's face, slowly moving them back and forth like a windshield wiper. The client is asked to track the therapist's finger movements.  This process diverts attention from the recalled memory, lessening emotional distress and allowing for more open analysis and treatment.

What problems can

be helped with


The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:

  • depression

  • anxiety or panic

  • phobias

  • fears

  • childhood trauma

  • physical abuse

  • sexual abuse

  • post traumatic stress

  • bad temper

  • overwhelming fears

  • panic attacks

  • low self-esteem

  • relationship problems

  • trouble sleeping

If you would like to learn more about the EMDR, please contact me below

EMDR Videos

Neuroplasticity and EMDR, Dr Andrew Huberman (Stanford Neuroscientist)

Client's Experience with EMDR

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