• Grief and Loss – Can EMDR Help?

    EMDR For Grief and Loss

    Grief and loss are emotions that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. The loss of a loved one, a relationship, or even a cherished possession can cause immense emotional pain and distress. It is not uncommon for people to struggle to overcome their grief and move on from their loss. Fortunately, EMDR therapy can help individuals overcome the emotional impact of loss and promote healing.


    EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a therapeutic approach that uses bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tapping, to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain. This process is believed to help the brain process and integrate traumatic experiences and reduce the emotional distress associated with them.

    Can EMDR help?

    For those who are grieving, EMDR can help process the emotions that come with loss. During the therapy, the therapist will guide the individual through the process of reliving the event, while simultaneously stimulating the brain with bilateral stimulation. This can help the individual to process the emotions and thoughts that come up during the session, allowing them to move beyond their grief.

    EMDR can also help individuals overcome the guilt, shame, or anger that often accompany loss. For example, individuals who have lost a loved one may feel guilt for not being there when the person died, or shame for not having said goodbye. EMDR can help these individuals process these emotions, leading to a sense of closure and peace.

    In addition to its benefits for grief and loss, EMDR can also help individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many people who experience loss also suffer from PTSD, and EMDR can help them process the traumatic event and reduce the symptoms of PTSD. This can be particularly helpful for those who have experienced a traumatic loss, such as a sudden death, an accident, or a violent crime.

    It is important to note that EMDR therapy is not a quick fix and may require several sessions before the individual experiences significant improvement. However, with patience and dedication, EMDR can help individuals overcome their grief and find peace.

    For more information about EMDR at Coastal Teletherapy, visit our EMDR service page at: EMDR


    In conclusion, EMDR therapy is an effective tool for individuals who are struggling with the emotional impact of loss. By promoting brain processing and integrating traumatic experiences, EMDR can help individuals find closure, reduce the symptoms of PTSD, and promote healing. If you are struggling with grief and loss, consider reaching out to a licensed therapist trained in EMDR therapy.

    For information on how EMDR can be used to treat other conditions, read these additional blog posts:

    EMDR for Depression

    Can EMDR Treat Anxiety?

    EMDR for Grief and Loss

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