You’ve been stuffing down the pain of what happened for a long time now. It’s gotten to the point that you can’t pretend you’re fine anymore. You look at your partner and family and ask, “Who am I kidding anymore?” It’s hard to imagine that your productivity and confidence make up for how unpredictable your mood has become. You feel on guard and defensive, even over the smallest of comments.

You worry that you’re overreacting. Maybe more self-care will help? An inspiring podcast? You’ve tried those and nothing seems to make much of a difference for very long. You are struggling to sleep well and your brain feels both busy and foggy at the same time. It’s time to feel all-the-way better. To feel like yourself again: confident, certain, creative, calm.


The stuff that happened and caused all this pain, it’s in the past. But sometimes it really feels like it’s happening all over again: when your partner touches you, when the kids are loud or rough… And you find yourself jumping out of your skin, startling so easily when dishes clatter in the sink or a door is slammed. It feels awful to be so reactive but you can’t help it.

You’re the one who has so much compassion for everyone. In fact, for anyone else you could see the unbearable things they’ve been through and you’d tell them there is no shame in getting help. Maybe you would ask them if they’ve considered starting therapy. But you’ve waited so long for yourself. And you don’t want to wait anymore. You’re ready for more healing than another self-help book can provide.


The effect of your trauma, depression or anxiety is that you feel stuck and unable to move forward. EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy to support you in healing from disturbing life experiences and difficult emotions like anxiety, overwhelm and grief.

These life experiences may be connected to:

  • Relationships (e.g., loss of a loved one, parent-child relationships)
  • Safety (e.g., physical or sexual abuse/assault, etc.)
  • Chronic Stress (e.g., work, disease, etc.)
  • Singular Issues (car accident, flood, etc.)
  • And so much more…

During an EMDR therapy session, your therapist will guide you to activate your natural healing processes to help you mind, heart and body move forward.


“Yesterday’s EMDR [session] was a really big release and an incredible shift. It honestly helped my body and subconscious let go of so much anxiety, fear and doubt I had lurking over the whole situation. I feel so much lighter and prepared to handle everything.”


At Guided Wellness Counseling our therapists help women overcome PTSD, trauma, abuse using EMDR therapy. EMDR therapy helps to relieve negative self talk, process difficult emotions and release stress and tension from the body. This whole-self approach has helped our clients find relief and flexibility in their lives after living through years or decades of silence, shame and secrecy.

Together, you’ll partner with your EMDR therapist at our St. George, UT office to set a pace for working through your story. No pressure applied – just compassion, humor and the confidence that you deserve to move through the pain and have the freedom to live life on your terms. Then, using gentle back-and-forth eye movements (the same you experience during deep REM sleep) or tapping you’ll safely move through your story and into a place of confidence, safety and choice.


If you are ready to stop stuffing emotions or memories and live a life on your terms then call Guided Wellness Counseling for your free 15-minute phone consultation. Begin by calling (435)767-1424 or clicking the button below. During this call we will help you identify your goals and match you with the right therapist for weekly therapy sessions. We’ll answer all of your questions and find a day and time that works best for your schedule. Whether you meet in-person or online for virtual sessions, EMDR therapy can be part of your healing process.

FAQ: EMDR Therapy

What Is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is well-known for its ability to help people work through trauma and PTSD. EMDR therapy can also help a wide range of issues including addiction, depression and anxiety, to grief and loss, miscarriage and so much more.

During EMDR therapy sessions at our Southern Utah office, we explain to clients that EMDR is different in a few ways. When you arrive for your weekly therapy session you will talk with your therapist about the kind of stress you are having: feeling unlovable, worthless, stuck, anxious or unsafe, as an example. Then your therapist will help you practice specific EMDR interventions and techniques such as gentle eye movements and reflecting on your emotions and body sensations.

EMDR therapy eye movements help to regulate the nervous system and activate the memory networks in your brain. In this way, as you are talking to your therapist and experiencing emotions or tension in your body, you’ll be practicing gentle eye movements that help you to move through any stress or upset feelings.

What Does EMDR Therapy Do?

EMDR therapy is a type of therapy that happens during one-on-one therapy sessions. EMDR therapy helps to regulate your nervous system and assists your brain, heart and body in making positive connections. These positive connections help you recover from difficult events and situations.

For example, a woman who has lived with guilt and shame related to childhood sexual abuse may more deeply and completely realize that it wasn’t her fault and she is safe in her sexual relationships now. Another client experiencing low self-esteem may finally understand (at a gut level) that her worth is not attached to her work, relationships status, fertility, etc. EMDR therapy helps people find peace and confidence in moving forward.

What Is EMDR Therapy Like At Guided Wellness?

At Guided Wellness Counseling we are passionate about therapy for your mental and emotional health. The beauty of therapy is that your healing is happening in the context of a safe, respectful relationship. This starts by reaching out to our office for a complimentary phone consultation. Once you are matched with a therapist you’ll attend your first appointment – congratulations! This will be a history taking where you and your therapist will explore any factors that may be affecting your mental health, mood, relationships and ability to cope.

When you begin EMDR you and your therapist will identify a “target” – something specific that you can focus on in your future sessions. This kind of focus allows for deep, meaningful results. Going forward you’ll be supported in deep reflection on your thoughts / memories, feelings and body sensations as you work towards your goals.


Should I Start EMDR Therapy?

At Guided Wellness Counseling we believe that everyone is deserving of a fulfilling and adventurous life. And we know that it’s nearly impossible to have (and enjoy!) this kind of life when you are overwhelmed with stress, irritability or past events that follow you day-to-day.

Starting therapy is a personal decision that everyone arrives at for different reasons. Perhaps you have realized that all of your self-care and dedication to self-improvement has plateaued. Or maybe you’re overwhelmed with exhaustion and simply know, something has to change. You don’t have to be at “rock bottom” to begin therapy. These reasons are enough. And together, you and your therapist will decide if EMDR therapy will be the most effective path forward for you.


Is EMDR Therapy Good For PTSD?

EMDR therapy is effective at resolving issues and reducing symptoms for many things, notably PTSD and trauma issues. Symptoms of PTSD and traumatic events include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories
  • Irritability
  • Negative thoughts about yourself
  • Feeling detached from family and friends
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame
  • And much more…

At Guided Wellness Counseling we want you to have coping skills. But more importantly, we want to resolve the issue that’s causing you to feel like you are simply coping with life. EMDR Therapy is the most effective, researched backed method we’ve found for getting to the root of PTSD and trauma symptoms.


Does EMDR Therapy Work For Anxiety?

EMDR therapy is a wonderful choice for women who are struggling with anxiety. It has been proved in several studies to be just as effective if not more effective than other treatment options in reducing anxiety and anxiety symptoms such as:

  • Feeling keyed up and on edge
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Feeling fearful or obsessive
  • Panic attacks
  • Irritable or moody
  • And much more…

At Guided Wellness Counseling we’ve had wonderful success helping women reduce anxiety and the impact of anxiety on their relationships, life decisions and future planning.

How Quickly Does EMDR Therapy Work?

EMDR therapy works differently for everyone. Clients with a single, negative event (like a car accident) may be done with EMDR in a matter of weeks. Clients with long, complex histories of trauma will need more. Planning for 8-12 weeks of EMDR therapy is a good starting point. As you work with your Guided Wellness Counseling therapist you’ll explore what you want to work on, time or financial constraints and what type of results you desire.


What Is EMDR Therapy Like For Our Southern Utah Clients?

EMDR therapy can be a very grounding experience. We often hear from our clients:

  • I feel like I’m transforming old beliefs about my worth.
  • It’s like this change is happening in my bones.
  • This feels really, really good.
  • I can breathe when I think about what hurt me.
  • I’m not overwhelmed any more.

When you make an appointment for EMDR therapy it will start like any other therapy session. You’ll come into the office, meet your therapist and begin to explore your struggle, goals and coping skills. After this your therapist will make a plan for moving forward. Your therapist will want to make sure that EMDR is an appropriate fit for you and that you understand what to expect. They will help you pace your growth for the best possible outcome.

What Are The 8 Phases Of EMDR Therapy?

This is a great question! There are a total of 8 phases of EMDR therapy. The first of these phases is a history assessment. During this time you’ll work with your therapist to better understand your experience of trauma, anxiety, or whatever your pain-point may be. In the second phase you and your therapist will make sure you have good coping skills to engage in this work; we want you prepared and feeling safe as difficult feelings emerge.

In phase 3 you’ll pick a specific stressful experience that you want to focus on. And in phases 4-6 you’ll be led to use eye movements to work through difficult thoughts, feelings or body sensation. As you do this you’ll find new levels of clarity and strength. Other phases help you reflect on your hard work, results and how you’ll move into the future with your new found clarity and strengths.


Can I Close My Eyes In EMDR Therapy?

Can you close your eyes? Do you have to do eye movements for this to work? It’s true that in EMDR therapy many clients use back-and-forth eye movements to help calm their nervous system and help their memories or pain-points to resolve.

However, you can also use tappers – small, handheld devices that vibrate like a cell phone left and right. When clients use tappers they are able to close their eyes. During your EMDR therapy session you’ll find what is most comfortable and effective for you. At our St. George UT office we have options for either eyes-open and eyes-closed processing.

What Is a Trauma Memory Like?

Imagine that your stress is like a Post-It note being stapled to the front of your head. Everywhere you look you’re preoccupied or filtering your day and your relationships through that troubling stressor. It’s difficult to see past it or forget that it’s there. Low self-esteem is following you around. Feeling overwhelmed or insecure is following you around. Maybe reminders of a loss or trauma are following you around.

EMDR therapy helps us reduce the discomfort of whatever is causing you stress. For many clients, it’s as if they remove the post-it note and their brain, heart and body files it back in their mind to the appropriate place. They can finally say, “I remember that I felt unsafe when that happened, but right now I’m doing okay and I don’t need to be afraid.” Others are able to say, “There was a time I felt second-place and like I was ‘too much’… but I know now, on a gut level, I am worthy. I am easy to love.”

Does EMDR Mimic REM Sleep?

It can be helpful to compare EMDR therapy and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. When we achieve really deep REM sleep your eyes begin shifting back and forth behind your eyelids. What’s happening during REM sleep is your brain is organizing memories.

When our eyes move in this way during REM sleep, the brain is trimming and organizing your memories During REM sleep eye movements your memories are being sorted into long term memory, short term memory or being discarded. Similarly, in EMDR therapy, your therapist leads you in gentle eye movements to help organize and make sense of upsetting memories and past events.

Can You Perform EMDR Therapy On Yourself?

Some people think you can perform EMDR therapy on yourself but they are mistaken. You can perform bilateral movement, such as the EMDR therapy eye movements or other forms of bilateral movement such as tapping on your shoulders. But this is not therapy.

Therapy is a process you enter into with a trained professional. Having a partner in this process is essential to help you get past blocks, negative self talk and the strength to tolerate difficult emotions. In fact, many of the ambitious women who come to therapy at Guided Wellness Counseling have told us that they’ve tried all of the apps, self-help books, podcasts and more. It wasn’t until they got into therapy that they were guided through a process they could not do alone.

What Is The Negative Effect Of EMDR Therapy?

As with any form of therapy, you may feel more emotional or unsettled during the course of EMDR therapy. Some clients feel relief from the very first session and experience better sleep, confidence and other positive effects right away.

Other clients are reminded of trauma or insecurities they haven’t needed to think about for some time. They may experience feelings of sadness, fear, or anxiety between sessions. They may have difficulty sleeping or have dreams that are upsetting. You and your therapist will work together to ensure you have coping skills and a plan for self-care to use between your EMDR therapy sessions.

As with any form of therapy, some clients may come to decisions in this process that create healthy, but stressful change in their lives such as choosing to leave an unhealthy relationship, changing jobs or setting healthy boundaries.

Guided Wellness Counseling

Healing Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma in St. George and all of Southern Utah.

EMDR Therapy and EMDR Consultation Services.

720 South River Road Suite E 103, St. George, UT 84790