When trauma or simple phobias are interfering with traditional therapy, adjunctive EMDR may be useful. When painful feelings about a single incident continue to intrude or interfere with otherwise healthy functioning, a short trial of EMDR may resolve the impasse.


Adjunctive EMDR involves brief, focused EMDR therapy, provided by the EMDR consultant to clients in collaboration with their referring therapist. Adjunctive therapy does not replace or interrupt ongoing therapy. It is complementary to the primary therapy relationship. Adjunctive EMDR treatment is usually structured as 3 to 12 sessions, interwoven into the treatment with the primary therapist by alternating sessions. Active collaboration and feedback is regularly provided to the primary therapist.


By narrowly targeting specific traumatic memories or isolated phobias, adjunctive EMDR can accelerate progress in traditional therapy, help the client and the primary therapist to clarify stuck points, and enrich the ongoing work. Adjunctive EMDR treatment is ideal for essentially well functioning individuals who have been unable to resolve a single incident trauma or simple phobia, and who have a good working relationship with their primary therapist. It may not be appropriate for some clients.


  • Commitment to ongoing individual treatment with a therapist who is interested in collaboration
  • Ability to identify a clear target or stuck point 
  • No active substance abuse, self injury, or safety risks, including unstable living situations 


If you are not sure whether this might be a good fit for one of your clients, feel free to talk with me about it. I can also meet with your client for one or two sessions to evaluate readiness and appropriateness of adjunctive EMDR therapy. I ask that all individuals interested in Brief Adjunctive EMDR please talk with their therapist before contacting me.