Everything you need to know about EMDR equipment, apps and bilateral stimulation technology
EMDR Equipment made simple
EMDR Light bars
EMDR light bars were invented in the early 80’s to prevent the fatigue that EMDR therapists were experiencing while moving their fingers back and forth. Today there are more options for light bars than there were a decade ago, and if you want to own one you will have to spend a few hundreds of dollars.
Tactile EMDR devices
EMDR buzzers, or pulsars, are small devices that produce bilateral stimulation (BLS) by vibrating from left to right. Some tactile devices are wired. Others are wireless. They typically cost less than light bars. Most EMDR light bars include tactile devices, while allows you to enhance the BLS experience.
virtual EMDR tools
There are plenty of options to work remotely with EMDR. Virtual EMDR tools allow you to use BLS from the convenience of your own home. The tools vary in their features, cost, and usability. Here you can learn about different virtual EMDR applications, so you can choose the right one for you.
Find the right EMDR Equipment for you
EMDR Kit is a Netherlands-based company that makes slick looking EMDR equipment. Their products include wired light-bars and pulsators and more modern light-bars, which are wireless. Shipping is worldwide.
Bilateral Base is a web-based, HIPAA compliant application that offers a free plan (5 hours a month) and some paid plans, starting at $9.95 a month. The app combines video features with controls over sound and visual BLS. In the near future, there will be an option to combine tactile BLS with the app.
EMDR Remote offers a reliable HIPAA compliant solution for working virtually with your EMDR clients. EMDR therapists can easily change settings such as colors, sounds, volume, size, speed, light behavior, video stream display, and much much more.
Neurotek is the first company that started making EMDR gear. They’ve been around since 1992 and just recently updated their product line to include wireless light-bars and pulsars.
This is a U.S. based company that makes wired tappers for tactile bilateral stimulation. The TheraTapper Plus comes with an audio option and is sold for $148. Shipping usually happens same or next day.
RemotEMDR offers an all-in-one platform that includes a built-in video, HIPAA compliance, and synchronized BLS. Pricing is $15 a month or $150 a year.
Active EMDR offers a free bilateral stimulation tool for EMDR therapists. This web-based application aims to replace your EMDR equipment (no more EMDR light bars!). Active EMDR integrates with popular video conferencing solutions and runs on your browser, so you don’t have to download any software.
This web-based application was developed by Yanick, a software engineer who wanted to help EMDR therapists during the COVID-19 crisis. This is a free, simple, easy-to-use, web-based application for EMDR therapy.
EMDR is done remotely by offering bilateral stimulation (BLS) through the internet. By using a web-based application that the therapist controls, the client receives the BLS while looking at a computer screen or by tapping.
Remote or virtual EMDR can be effective when the therapist pays attention to details. EMDR clinicians from all over the world report experiencing positive clinical outcomes with EMDR done virtually.
Since virtual EMDR is in its infancy, there is very limited research to support its efficacy. However, EMDR clinicians report that remote EMDR has been very effective.
EMDR therapists who work remotely have to take safety measures into consideration. As a therapist, you have to pay special attention when working with clients who tends to dissociate, or when treating clients who are at high risk. When you pay attention to details, remote EMDR sessions are safe.
Session length is determined by the therapist and the client in advance. Similar to in-person EMDR therapy sessions, virtual EMDR sessions tend to last between 50-90 minutes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to loosening of some of the restrictions and HIPAA regulations. However, it is your responsibility, as a therapist, to protect your clients’ confidentiality and use a secure platform.
To have a successful remote EMDR therapy session, your client should use a screen that is large enough to have full eye movements. Laptops are usually sufficient. If a client works with an iPad or a tablet, she may need to get her face very close to the screen. Phones are too small.
No. Similar to in-person EMDR sessions, you can use tactile BLS and tones. The butterfly hug is very popular among clinicians and clients. Also, some of the web-based applications for EMDR offer tones as a form of bilateral stimulation.
First, screen for dissociation. If your client has a tendency to dissociate, you will probably spend a lot more time in the preparation phase. Make sure your client has the tools and resources she needs for to maintain present awareness. Grounding tools can include water with ice, essential oils or anything else that can help your client stay grounded.
Make sure you have the client’s phone number available and that your phone is accessible prior to starting a remote EMDR session. If you lose connection, reach out to your client as fast as you can.
That would depend on where you live and the what type of insurance you are billing. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many insurance companies recognized the benefits of remote EMDR sessions and fully reimburse clinicians for this service.