EMDR for PTSD and Trauma in Bellingham, Washington

At Inside Passage Relationship Counseling, our skilled EMDR therapists can help you find peace after trauma.

What is EMDR?

EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, is a powerful, evidence-based psychotherapy developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro for treating trauma and PTSD. EMDR is designed to help clients access and reprocess traumatic memories without being overwhelmed by them, which can help traumatic memories lose their intensity and heal the emotional distress resulting from them.

Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debilitated them.

"EMDR focuses not only on regulating the intense memories activated by trauma, but also on restoring a sense of agency, engagement, and commitment through ownership of body and mind."

-Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Author of The Body Keeps the Score

Find a Credentialed EMDR Therapist
at Inside Passage Relationship Counseling

Choosing to seek therapy isn’t always easy, but finding the right therapist should be.

We are committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental space that welcomes all individuals, regardless of race, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or relationship structure.

“EMDR has changed my life. I don’t know how to explain it. It’s like the memories of what’s happened to me hurt less and I am free to live my life without the heavy weight of that pain.”


Meghan, Chris and Molly: our extraordinary scheduling team.


Our professional client care team will answer your questions and help you find the right therapist. 

Initial Session

We’ll schedule an initial session with your therapist so you can discuss your goals and how the therapist can help.

Recurring Sessions

If it’s a good fit, we’ll schedule recurring sessions weekly or biweekly to help you meet your goals.

How Does EMDR Work at Inside Passage Relationship Counseling?

According to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score, EMDR “loosens up something in the mind/brain that gives people rapid access to loosely associated memories and images from their past. This seems to help them put the traumatic experience into a larger context or perspective.” He goes on to say, “EMDR can help clients heal from trauma without talking about it. EMDR enables them to observe their experiences in a new way, without verbal give-and-take with another person.”

The Phases of EMDR

Although the number of sessions varies from person to person, EMDR sessions tend to happen in eight phases that unfold over 6 to 12 sessions. Each session lasts 50 to 80 minutes and is held weekly. Below you’ll find a loose map of how sessions might look.


Your therapist will work with you to gather information about your past, help you identify key challenges and create a plan for treatment.

Devise Coping

Together, you and your therapist will devise coping strategies, like breathing exercises or meditation, to help create ease during or between sessions.

Recall Difficult

Typically, after one or two sessions, your therapist will guide you to recall a difficult aspect of a traumatic event. It could be an image, sound or smell that intrudes on your thoughts.

Focus on Bodily

While thinking about your difficult memory, your therapist will engage you in activities like moving your eyes, tapping on your body or hearing a faint beeping sound that alternates between their ears.

Why Inside Passage?

When you choose Inside Passage Relationship Counseling,  you’re choosing more than just therapy services – you’re choosing a partner on your path to healing and wholeness. 

Rates and Insurance

The fees for 50-minute sessions range from $160-$225, depending on the service type and therapist. We are not contracted with health insurance companies and do not bill health insurance directly. We’re sorry, but we cannot provide insurance receipts for couples therapy.

Choose a brighter, more resilient future!

If you are ready to improve your emotional well-being and quality of life, contact Inside Passage Counseling today.