Trauma Therapy: EMDR and Brainspotting

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

EMDR was created and developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. It is an internationally recognized gold-standard treatment for trauma and loss. EMDR is premised on the theory that negative events can have a lasting impact on a person’s mental health. Whether it is a single major traumatic event or a series of lower-intensity painful experiences, the memories formed from these experiences are not stored like normal memories. When something triggers these memories, it can make an individual go into fight, flight, or freeze mode. Additionally, these memories can negatively impact one’s behavior, thoughts, and emotions, and beliefs about onself or the world. These effects can be devastating.

EMDR techniques guide the brain through its natural healing progression, processing painful memories. It uses bilateral stimulation through eye movements, taps, or sounds to accomplish this. In EMDR therapy, the client does not have to talk in detail about his or her traumatic experiences to benefit.

At Guilford Counseling, we are dedicated to helping people heal from the effects of traumatic experiences and painful memories. If EMDR sounds like it might benefit you, please contact us today.


Learn more about EMDR here.


Brainspotting is a brain-based trauma therapy created by Dr. David Grand in 2003. Dr. Grand discovered Brainspotting through his work using EMDR. The motto is “Where You Look Affects How You Feel.”

The treatment uses the visual field to access traumatic memories held within the brain and body. One benefit of Brainspotting is that it is noninvasive—the client can share as little or as much information as he or she wants about the trauma. There is no need to relive the experience through narration, unless the client prefers. Like in EMDR, the client guides the natural healing process, while the highly attuned therapist ensures that the client feels grounded throughout the experience.

Brainspotting is effective for other issues, including performance enhancement, anxiety, substance use, and increasing creativity.

Click here to watch a brief ESPN documentary in which Dr. Grand helps a professional baseball player recover from the debilitating effects of trauma.


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