EMDR for anxiety

Published on April 15, 2020

As uncomfortable as anxiety can be, we all need a little bit of anxiety to motivate us to meet our deadlines and to survive.  However, when our anxiety becomes too big, we can feel like we are spinning out of control.  It might be hard to focus and be efficient because it can be hard to untangle thoughts.  Sometimes it feels like rumination and excessive worry have hijacked your mind.  When your mind is stuck in a loop, it can be challenging to find your way out.


Anxiety keeps us safe under dangerous circumstances because it releases adrenaline and cortisol that helps us to survive by going into fight, flight or freeze.   Sometimes the threat can be an imagined one, such as what others think of us, or that they might abandon us.  When our brain is in survival mode, it can be difficult to make logical decisions.

Some people are concerned that if they don’t have anxiety, they won’t be able to get things done as quickly as before.  They might also worry that they won’t get as much done without it.  When we have less anxiety, we can be more efficient because we aren’t getting as distracted by thoughts, to do-lists and other things.

EMDR and Anxiety

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy) can help calm an anxious mind by using the mind’s natural healing pathways.  EMDR can help our brain come out of survival mode so that we can think again. Past experiences, fear of the future, or other fears can be processed using eye-movements to clear the noise in your head.  When the EMDR therapist guides your eyes back and forth with their fingers, the noise clears, and you can process memories, thoughts, feelings that might have gotten lost in the fast pace of your mind.  Part of the EMDR therapy process is learning how to use tactics to calm your mind and emotions.


I am EMDRIA trained for clinical practice from the EMDR International Association.  EMDR can be carried out both face to face and online so please do feel free to contact me to find out more +852 2521 4668 or email m.borschel@mindnlife.com

Category(s):Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Anxiety, Caregiver Issues / Stress, Emotional Abuse, Emotional Intelligence, Physical Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management

Written by:

Dr Monica Borschel

My goal is to help you out of the pain that you are feeling from abuse, loss, and unhealthy relationships and into loving yourself and your life again. I understand how scary it is in the darkness and I want to help you transition back into the light. Do you feel invisible? I can help you to feel seen and heard again.

I have helped hundreds of individuals go from suffering to thriving. I have studied the effects of abuse, loss, and unhealthy relationships on self-worth, trust, depression, and anxiety for almost fifteen years. My education and clinical experience have enabled my clients to understand their own worth, make positive changes in their relationships and careers, and have more confidence.

I specialize in attachment, trauma, and loss. I am experienced in helping adults, teens, children, and families adjust to anxiety, trauma, abuse, divorce, separation, and loss. This may include deciding what is in the children’s best interest during disputes and strengthening the relationship and communication between the parents and the children. As an attachment specialist, I help individuals understand and deal with relationship patterns that prevent them from developing or maintaining healthy relationships.

I have had the privilege of working with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. I am from Salt Lake City, Utah. I graduated with my master’s in psychology from Columbia University in New York City. I pursued her doctorate in Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. I live in California and work on my PsyD at California Southern University.

Registered Clinical Psychologist with The Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology (HKSCP). Member of the American Psychological Association (APA), The British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Hong Kong Family Law Association (HKFLA).

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