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Virtual EMDR

Many ask, “Can EMDR be provided via a video session?” Bruce Woods Patterson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, EMDRIA approved consultant and training facilitator, and EFT provider explains how he uses this powerful method of treatment in virtual therapy.

Bruce shares that he began providing online therapy due to a client moving and wanting to continue services. Bruce begins providing EMDR therapy to clients when they are in his office and then continues providing services via video sessions as needed. Bruce explains how this helps his clients overcome barriers to treatment and provides a brief demonstration.

In March of 2022, we at TCI hosted our first Virtual EMDR course!



  • Comment Link Mary mueller Saturday, 20 February 2021 08:55 posted by Mary mueller

    Please send information about training.

  • Comment Link Talena (Tina) G Odell Saturday, 16 May 2020 17:31 posted by Talena (Tina) G Odell

    Are you providing any supervision for EMDRIA therapists that would like to explore this further.

  • Comment Link Denys Medel, LMFT Friday, 24 April 2020 20:40 posted by Denys Medel, LMFT

    This was great. I have been trained in EMDR and have been using it in my office. However at this point working with telehealth I was not sure how to go about it. This has given me more ideas.

  • Comment Link Jayde Monday, 13 April 2020 13:48 posted by Jayde

    I'm a patient who had started EMDR therapy sessions just prior to the county going on lockdown due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19. My first EMDR session utilized bitap paddles for the outside stimulation and I felt that it was extremely effective. My second EMDR session occurred via video conferencing and I had to tap on my legs with my fingers due to the bitap paddles being unavailable in that format. I found that trying to do EMDR through video conferencing was between 1/3 and 1/2 as effective as it was for me to do it in person with my therapist. Now I'm in a holding pattern; waiting for my county to lift its stay-at-home order so that I can meet with my clinician in person again. In the meantime, I've experienced a single occasion of suicidal thoughts and thoughts of self harm. I don't know if I just respond to therapy better when it occurs in person or if maybe something could be improved with the EMDR sessions my therapist is helping me with. Thanks for listening; just wanted to provide my two-cents.

  • Comment Link Beverley Watkins, PhD, LCSW Tuesday, 24 March 2020 14:06 posted by Beverley Watkins, PhD, LCSW

    I'm interested in information about training.

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