RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ONLINE EMDR THERAPY

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We’re so glad you’re considering online EMDR therapy. EMDR has been shown to be highly effective both in-person and online. A priority for our clinicians is that you have the best and most effective experience of therapy. To ensure that, there are a few basic requirements that need to be met if you will be receiving therapy online. Don’t worry if you’re unsure about meeting them – we’re here to help and support you in any way we can.

Before you get started with online EMDR therapy, you’ll need:

  • A stable and reliable internet connection

  • Access to Zoom

  • A desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with speakers and/or headphones

  • A large enough screen to enable your eyes to move across a plane of motion (e.g. desktop monitor, laptop screen, or tablet)

  • A private, quiet space with minimal distractions, where you can relax for at least 90 minutes

  • Some water and tissues in your room

  • A small bouncy rubber ball, tennis ball, stress ball, or other sensory item, which can be useful for grounding

  • Adequate lighting in the room, so we can see you clearly

While these requirements are important for your comfort and safety, we also recommend the following to help you get the most out of your EMDR therapy experience:

  • A desktop monitor or TV with a diagonal length of at least 24 inches for doing eye movements
  • A laptop or webcam with good resolution for a clear and sharp image of you
  • Resource objects available in the room for grounding and soothing (e.g. teddy bear, blanket, crystals, essential oils, music, sounds of nature, etc.)
  • Reliable support people/animals outside of therapy that you can turn to for comfort if necessary, such as family members, partners, friends, housemates, or pets.

We understand that everyone is different and has unique needs. As part of the EMDR therapy, your clinician will work with you and teach you helpful strategies to help regulate intense emotions during EMDR sessions and to use in-between sessions. Your clinician will also check if eye movements are suitable and comfortable for you in an online format, and offer different suggestions (such as tapping on your own shoulders or arms) if the eye movements don’t work for you for any reason. If you experience any discomfort or concern during an online session, please let your clinician know so they can offer suggestions and adapt to what you need.

We look forward to supporting you on your healing journey.