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EMDR Therapy

Therapy to help you get unstuck and heal from painful memories, so you can start living more fully in the present.

Live a happier, more fulfilling life

It shouldn’t be so hard to move on from the past

It can be discouraging when painful memories or traumatic situations start to negatively impact your daily life, despite your best efforts to handle them.

EMDR therapy can offer a solution – not to erase those memories – but to help you understand and manage them more effectively.

We're here to help you move toward the version of yourself you want to be

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and it’s a powerful therapeutic approach to treating trauma and other difficult experiences. By integrating eye movements with talk therapy, EMDR helps to reprocess memories and release the associated emotional distress.

It’s a gentle and effective way to work through past traumas and find greater peace and resilience in the present. If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a difficult experience, EMDR may be just the tool you need to find healing and hope.

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What can EMDR Therapy help with?

Although it was originally approved as a treatment for trauma, EMDR is effective in treating a variety of mental health challenges. If you are struggling with any of the following, reach out and we will assess whether EMDR will be a step in the right direction for you.
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This was the primary reason EMDR was developed. It’s used to treat trauma stemming from experiences like war, sexual assault, accidents, natural disasters, and more.

This can include childhood trauma, surgical trauma, dental trauma, or any distressing life events that might not meet the clinical criteria for PTSD but still have a lasting negative impact on your life.

EMDR can be used to address panic attacks, phobias, performance anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, and other anxiety-related conditions.
While EMDR is not primarily a treatment for depression, it can be effective when the depression is linked to past distressing or traumatic events.
EMDR can help process the loss of a loved one, helping individuals move through the grieving process.
Early childhood trauma or neglect can result in attachment issues. EMDR can be beneficial in processing these early traumas.
EMDR can be part of a comprehensive treatment approach for conditions like dissociative identity disorder.
EMDR can help with chronic pain or other somatic complaints when they have an emotional component or are tied to a traumatic event.
Some people seek EMDR to process past events that have negatively impacted their self-worth or self-image, even if they don’t consider these events traumatic in the traditional sense.
Some practitioners use EMDR to help individuals overcome blocks or fears that hinder their performance in areas like sports, arts, or public speaking.

We help you reprocess thoughts and memories that are no longer serving you so that you can move forward with renewed purpose

About Us

Why Mobius Psychological Services?

Nahaleh Mosghtagh, Co-Founder & Clinical Director of Mobius Psychological Services in Toronto. Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, Ph.D., RP (Qualifying)

Nahaleh Moshtagh
Co-Founder & Clinical Director

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We believe therapy creates the architecture of possibility.

We are dedicated to helping you build the foundation that will support your greatest potential.

We offer therapy that comes from our lived experiences, skills and education.

We provide compassionate support on the journey to understanding yourself better, making deeper connections and living more fully.

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Our Approach

How EMDR therapy works

EMDR therapy is structured around 8 specific phases that are usually 60 to 90 minutes long. These phases act as a guideline to help us identify progress, but they are not intended to be rushed. We work at a pace you are comfortable with, checking in often to make sure you are tolerating the process well. Sessions can include techniques such as tapping, guided eye movements, talking about traumatic experiences, body scans, and reinforcing positive beliefs and thoughts.

The 8 phases of EMDR therapy include:

We gather information about your challenges and develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
We explain the EMDR process to you while introducing relaxation techniques to help you cope.
Together, we identify the specific memories that will be addressed in therapy, pinpointing the negative beliefs and behaviours associated with them.
During this core phase of the process, we have you recall specific memories while using bilateral stimulation and other techniques to reduce the emotional charge of the memory.
This phase is focused on reinforcing positive beliefs to replace the negative ones associated with the trauma. using similar techniques as the desensitization phase.
After installation, we will ask you to think about the targeted memory and notice any body tension or discomfort. If any remains, we repeat steps 4 and 5.
To end each session, we use the relaxation and grounding techniques learned during the preparation phase to help you return to a state of calm.
This phase reviews progress and ensures that previous positive outcomes are maintained at the start of subsequent sessions. Any remaining issues are addressed in future sessions.

What you can expect from this approach

In most situations involving a single traumatic event, 3 sessions can be enough to reduce symptoms, although it may take longer for complex trauma. The number of sessions will vary between people as well.

Because everyone’s journey is different, we can’t guarantee a specific timeline or result. What we can tell you is that time and consistency are keys to progress, and if you keep showing up, positive change often comes. You may notice improvements such as:

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Questions About EMDR Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

In EMDR, the process involves using guided eye movements while reflecting on difficult memories. However, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. While it can be beneficial to address these experiences, you’re always in control of what you choose to discuss. We understand that delving into trauma can be daunting. Our approach is to move step by step, ensuring you’ll never feel overwhelmed. The aim is not to relive the trauma but to process and understand it better, leading to healing.

During treatment, you set the pace; we are here to guide and support you along your healing journey in a way that feels safe and effective for you.

Life is unpredictable, and triggers can sometimes resurface. EMDR aims to reprocess those traumatic memories so they lose their intense, distressing charge. This means that even if a trigger pops up, your emotional reaction will typically be less overwhelming. You’ll have learned strategies and coping mechanisms to handle these situations more confidently. The goal isn’t necessarily to erase the triggers, but to empower you to move through them with strength and a renewed sense of control.

Absolutely not. Everyone’s healing journey is unique, and there’s no predefined timeline for ‘moving on’ from trauma. It’s crucial for both you and your loved ones to recognize that trauma isn’t just an event; it leaves an imprint on the mind and body. EMDR, however, can assist in altering how you respond to the memories of your trauma, transforming your relationship with these past events and fostering healing.
Yes, EMDR is structured with clear stages that guide your journey. These stages include: History-taking and Treatment Planning, where we outline your therapeutic journey; Preparation, ensuring you’re mentally and emotionally set for the process; Assessment, identifying specific targets for treatment; Desensitization, reducing the charge of traumatic memories; Installation, reinforcing positive beliefs; Body Scan, addressing any physical tension or discomfort; Closure, ensuring you leave each session feeling stable; and Reevaluation, monitoring progress and making any necessary adjustments.
Healing isn’t always linear. Life can present new challenges or sometimes old wounds might resurface. If you ever feel the need, be it due to a new trauma or the resurgence of old symptoms, returning for a refresher or additional course of EMDR is not only possible but encouraged. We’re here to support you, every step of the way.

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