Benefits of EMDR online

Published on January 8, 2021

Angela would get anxious hours before she had her EMDR therapy. She would often walk into her therapists’ rooms with sweaty hands. The anticipation of the EMDR treatment made her adrenaline go up. She felt safe with her therapist, but the unpredictability of the memories that surfaced was intimidating. She appreciated overall how EMDR made her more aware of her physiology and consciousness, and how she felt calmer than she did before she began treatment. Despite this, the sessions could be draining, so she would want to go home and rest.

Trent often dissociated during the EMDR treatments. Reliving some of the abuse he had undergone as a child left him overwhelmed and spaced out. Sometimes he felt like he wasn’t real, or that he wasn’t in his own body. This dissociation helped him to process and desensitize his trauma. At the end of the EMDR session, the therapist would ground him to make sure that he would get home safely. He often wished that he was already at home comfortable, and didn’t have to worry about traffic going home.

About EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR may provide a quicker route to desensitize trauma than other talk therapies. However, processing trauma can sometimes be tiring or can increase adrenaline. The benefit of EMDR is that symptoms of PTSD and anxiety decrease, improving quality of life. Online EMDR is just as effective as in-person. Sometimes EMDR online can be more effective if the person feels safer at home than they do in an office.

Here are some of the benefits of doing EMDR online:

1.  Creating a safe space

You can get comfortable and create a safe space. In-person, the therapist’s office becomes a safe space to process trauma. When it is online, the client can chose and create the safe space. Perhaps outdoors, in the backyard, or cuddled up in a blanket feels safe and relaxing to do EMDR.

2. You don’t have to travel

Sometimes, traffic or public transportation can add to the stress of seeing your therapist. When you do it online, you can save time. If you dissociate, you will already be home after the session. Some people like to go to sleep after a session.

3. Choose your own comfort

You can have your pet or soft object with you. Some people are comforted by their pet, blanket or a stuffed animal when doing EMDR. Online therapy makes this easier.

4. Freedom after session

You can comfort yourself directly after the session. Some people feel comforted by speaking to friends, eating a piece of chocolate or meditating after a session. If you are online, you can do these things after the session instead of traveling home.


If you feel like you need to talk to someone then please do contact me to set up an appointment via email I can offer both an online session via Skype or a face to face session.

Category(s):Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues, Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Anxiety, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD, Sexual Abuse

Written by:

Dr Monica Borschel

Registered Clinical Psychologist (HK)

Dr. Borschel specializes in Attachment, trauma and Loss. She is experienced in helping adults, teens, children, and families adjust to anxiety, trauma, abuse, divorce, separation, loss of a loved one, and loss of finance. This may include deciding what is in the best interest of the children during custody disputes, strengthening the relationship and communication between the parents and the children.

From Nov 2020 Dr. Borschel is only available for online consultations.

Dr. Borschel’s attachment-based therapy along with EMDR and Brainspotting enables her clients to find healing within themselves. In so doing, she can help her clients to overcome anxiety, trauma, neglect, emotional, verbal, physical abuse, and child abuse.

Furthermore, as an attachment specialist, she also helps individuals understand relationship patterns which prevent them from developing or maintaining healthy relationships. She is able to help reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression and promote confidence and self-esteem.

Dr. Borschel is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. She graduated with her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in New York City. She later moved to Hong Kong to pursue her doctorate at the University of Hong Kong in Social Work and Social Administration.

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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