Why EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed 25 years ago by Francine Shapiro, PhD, as a mind-body psychotherapy. It integrates many forms of psychotherapeutic approaches that have been designed to help those struggling with current or lasting effects of trauma. Many people entering our consulting rooms have experienced some form of trauma in their lifetime. Symptoms of trauma can sometimes interfere with our patients’ abilities to participate effectively in a psychotherapeutic relationship. As clinicians, we are often faced with patients whose trauma histories can be challenging to work through when solely practicing traditional psychoanalytic techniques. EMDR can address some of these gaps and can accelerate working through disturbing material and bring significant relief to emotional and somatic symptoms. As a psychoanalyst who combines EMDR with psychodynamic principles, Ms. Rosenthal will:
– Outline when EMDR is appropriate – Describe the core principles of EMDR – Explain the process and phases of treatment – Give examples from her own practice. – Discuss how she blends analytic concepts and interventions into her EMDR work.


Amy Rosenthal is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and has been practicing psychotherapy for over 20 years. She is a certified consultant in EMDR and provides individual and group consultation. She specializes in working with adults with episodic and developmental trauma and PTSD, from early childhood to present, along with relationship struggles, anxiety, depression and dissociative disorders. Amy integrates her psychoanalytic approach with EMDR and Internal Family Systems therapy. She also is a Supervisor in the NIP trauma treatment center.