About Virtual EMDR

The Program

Virtual EMDR is an online, self-guided mental health treatment program based on the established science of Eye Movement therapy.

The program is developed and tested extenstively with practitioners. It is specially designed to:

  •   Use at home without a therapist
  •   Suit both beginners and experienced EMDR users
  •   Provide easy, interactive step-by-step guidance
  •   Utilize latest technology to deliver effective Eye Movement processing
  •   Address all interaction preferences through customizable multimedia options
  •   Require only a computer or tablet, no special equipment needed!

The Protocol

Virtual EMDR offers the established Standard EMDR protocol (treatment process) used by many therapists.

In addition, Virtual EMDR comes with unique specialized protocols that you can use to address conditions such as (click on image):

EMDR Standard Protocol

Virtual EMDR's Standard Protocol follows closely the steps of a typical EMDR therapy session. The program was developed and tested extensively with our network of practitioners.

The Standard Protocol can be used for addressing PTSD, trauma, depression and any condition. Start here if you are new to EMDR.

The Virtual EMDR program guides you step-by-step through the Standard Protocol with no previous EMDR experience required:

Preparation

Mentally prepare yourself for your Virtual EMDR session. Find a suitable place and set aside sufficient time where you won't be disturbed.

Identify the nature of the issue that you would like to work on today, such as "trauma", "depression".

Target Selection

In this step, you begin to pinpoint the exact memory that is causing you pain, so that you can effectively address it.

Target selection is one of the most critical steps in Virtual EMDR, so take your time here.

Virtual EMDR guides you through the target selection process step-by-step. You will be prompted to describe the details of your memory, including any visual images, sounds, feelings, or physical sensations.

Next, identify negative or disempowering beliefs that you have associated with this memory. For example, "I am a victim" or "I will never be normal again".

Throughout this step, case studies and real-life examples are provided.

Desensitization

When you have identified your target and negative beliefs, it is time to begin processing them using the Eye Movement Tool.

Follow the moving object with your eyes and listen to the tones, as you mentally focus on your target.

Use the tool for up to 10 minutes. You may repeat this process if you are still feeling a high level of distress. However, remember that complex or long-standing issues often require multiple sessions, and may not be fully resolved in this session.

After each round, write down your observations, such as any memories or feelings that came up.

Installation

When you have reduced the intensity of your negative emotions, you will move on to install postiive or empowering beliefs to replace them.

Examples of positive beliefs include: "I have the power to control my future", "It's over now, I'm safe".

When you have identified some positive beliefs, use the Eye Movement Tool to install these beliefs.

After each round, write down your observations, such as any changes in your beliefs about yourself.

Closing

During your Virtual EMDR session, you experienced high stimulation to your brain and nervous system.

Before you end your session, Virtual EMDR will guide you through some simple exercises to calm your body and mind down.

Write some closing notes for yourself, such as what you would like to work on in your next session.

IMPORTANT: Do not skip this critical step. Ensure that you set aside enough time to close each Virtual EMDR session properly.

Trauma can result from crime, war, disasters and accidents. It can also result from abuse, whether physical, sexual, emotional, or mental. It can arise from a single-incident event, or a series of related events.

When trauma occurs, your brain is not able to process these memories normally. This leads to the memories replaying endlessly in your mind.

With Virtual EMDR, you will process these feelings such that they begin to fade and eventually disappear.

Virtual EMDR offers 2 specialized Trauma protocols for: (i) Processing Past memories, and (ii) Lingering Present effects, such as nightmares. The Standard Protocol may also be used for Trauma.

EMDR therapy has been extensively researched with PTSD patients. Today, EMDR is recommended for PTSD by the WHO, American Psychiatric Association, and many mental health organizations.

Whether the result of crime, war, accidents or abuse, the symptoms of PTSD are crippling and often lead to depression, addiction, low self-esteem, and troubled relationship.

Virtual EMDR helps you process the root cause memories that underlie your PTSD. Your symptoms become more manageable and eventually disappear.

Virtual EMDR offers 2 specialized PTSD protocols for: (i) Processing Past memories, and (ii) Lingering Present effects, such as nightmares. The Standard Protocol may also be used for PTSD.

Depression affects more than 120 million people and is one of the most prevalent mental health issues in the world today.

Patients describe losing interest in life, with symptoms such as: overpowering feelings of sadness or worthlessness, difficulty sleeping or eating, and frequent thoughts of death.

Depression is complex and can be caused by factors ranging from trauma, stress, loss, illness, childhood abuse, hormonal changes, sleep or vitamin deficiency, or environmental factors.

Virtual EMDR offers 3 specialized Depression protocols for addressing: (i) Depression linked to specific events, (ii) General feelings of depression, and (iii) a Support protocol to help you succeed with ongoing treatment for depression. The Standard Protocol may also be used for Depression.

The word “Addiction” means “enslaved by.” It aptly describes the hopeless situation that many addicts find themselves in: being a slave and powerless to break free.

Whatever your addiction, the underlying causes are complex and often interlinked with childhood abuse, abandonment, neglect, or traumatic events.

Virtual EMDR works by changing how your brain responds to common situations. It breaks the emotional links that cause addiction, and replaces these with new, positive associations.

Virtual EMDR offers 3 specialized Addiction protocols for: (i) Addressing current urges and future temptation, (ii) Reducing addiction cravings, and (iii) Reprogramming your memory of cravings. The Standard Protocol may also be used for Addiction.

When you suffer a loss (such as the death of a loved one, miscarriage, divorce, or loss of a life dream), it is natural to grieve for that loss. Normally, the grief resolves over time and life becomes more normal again.

But sometimes your grief is so intense that it cannot be resolved normally. You may experience nightmares, flashbacks, deep sorrow, or fantasies. You may also struggle with feelings of responsibility or guilt.

Virtual EMDR helps you process your unresolved feelings and get back to feeling normal again.

Virtual EMDR offers 3 specialized Grief protocols for: (i) Processing Past memories of your loss, (ii) Lingering after-effects, such as nightmares, and (iii) associated Unwanted feelings, such as guilt or responsibility. The Standard Protocol may also be used for Grief.

A Phobia is an intense fear triggered by an object (such as insects) or situation (such as flying). This fear is out of proportion to the actual danger posed.

Living with a phobia is difficult. Well-meaning friends and family often do not understand: they may make fun or even try to help you "get over" the phobia.

Phobia impacts the quality of your life. In severe cases, it may even affect your self-esteem, career or relationships.

Virtual EMDR works by turning down your brain's responses to common triggers of your phobia. It breaks the negative emotional links your brain has developed, and replaces them with new, positive associations.

Virtual EMDR offers 2 specialized Phobia protocols for addressing: (i) Cause or origin of your phobia or fear, and (ii) Future worst-case scenarios that cause you anxiety. The Standard Protocol may also be used for Phobia.