Insight Counseling Center utilizes EMDR in order to accelerate your treatment.


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful psychotherapeutic practice initially developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980's to treat troubling symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. It has been used worldwide since then to help clients come to terms with a wide variety of troubling conditions and problems. It is used within a comprehensive treatment approach to accelerate the treatment of a wide range of clinical issues.  It is used at the Insight Counseling Center to more quickly resolve many life disabling problems, emotions and thoughts.

As an EMDR instructor and therapist, I am able to offer clients the most up to date EMDR treatment.  I not only utilize the EMDR protocol, but can provide an extensive array of advanced protocols and interventions for your specific issues.  I specialize in clients for whom therapy has not worked.

I offer Intensive therapy sessions, 3-10 days of therapy, 

in order to  jump start your healing!

Traditional therapy occurs one hour a week for months or years.  Intensive therapy provides a jumpstart to healing as months of therapy are compacted in a 3-10 days of therapy.  Roxanne has had such great success with the intensive model, that she no longer sees clients one hour a week.  Days and times can be adjusted to fit a client's schedule and financial considerations.

Please contact Roxanne to see if an intensive is appropriate for you and to get on the waitlist.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions regarding EMDR with responses provided from the EMDR International Association website,


Frequently Asked EMDR Questions

What is EMDR?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful psychotherapeutic practice initially developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980's to treat troubling symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. It has been used worldwide since then to help clients come to terms with a wide variety of troubling conditions and problems. It is used within a comprehensive treatment approach to accelerate the treatment of a wide range of clinical issues. It is used at the Insight Counseling Center to more quickly resolve many life disabling problems, emotions and thoughts.

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (2011) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This national registry (NREPP) cites EMDR as evidence-based practice for treatment of PTSD, anxiety and depression symptoms. Their review of the evidence also indicated that EMDR leads to an improvement in mental health functioning.

What Problems are Helped with EMDR?

EMDR is the most researched form of psychotherapy to date regarding posttraumatic stress disorder, and its results have proven to be effective and long lasting. It has also been successfully used to help clients with:

  • Addiction
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Adult and Childhood Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Depression
  • Stress Reduction
  • Chronic Pain

How Does EMDR Help to Resolve Problems?

People have the inborn ability to process disturbing events and feelings. In most instances, the brain reprocesses painful information over time so that it is stored in our normal memory system without any symptoms. In normal circumstances, the individual can access memories without being unduly stressed. However, there are instances in which the brain becomes overwhelmed and isn't able to process the memory in an adaptive way. The memory seems to become "frozen" in our mind, and the painful images, thoughts and feelings associated with the event seem to be "locked" in the nervous system, often out of conscious awareness. These memories then have a lasting negative effect; influencing the way we see the world, react to everyday situations, and relate to others.

Whether the traumatic experience is physical or psychological, if it is so overwhelming, you may freeze or disconnect from the experience. This protects you from the terror you feel, but it also prevents you from moving on. These feelings stay outside of your conscious awareness in their original intensity.

EMDR helps to unlock painful and negative memories, and helps the brain to more effectively reprocess old information so that it becomes less debilitating. The use of bilateral stimulation of the brain via eye movements and sound allows for a resumption of the normal reprocessing so that images, sounds, thoughts, and feelings can be experienced without undue upset and disorganization.

Does EMDR Work With Children?

Yes, EMDR can work for children's issues also. EMDR can be used with children of all ages. EMDR has been used successfully with very young children, as well as with teens who do not want to talk out loud about the upsetting issues. As with any intervention, the younger the child or the more avoidant the child, the more challenging it is to find ways to engage them and focus their attention on the problem at hand. However, EMDR has been used sucessfully to help children deal with traumatic events, depression, anxiety, phobias, and other behavioral problems. Just as with adults, the EMDR process is different for each child, because the healing process is guided from within. Some children report that EMDR is relaxing and have an immediate positive response. Other children may feel tired at the end of a session, and the benefit from the treatment comes in the days to follow. (EMDR and Children: A Guide for Parents, Professionals, and Others Who Care About Children,

How Does EMDR Work With Addiction?

EMDR helps to process the issues that initially lead to the substance abuse or unresolved traumatic issues that prevent successful recovery.

What is Trauma?

Some people are resilient, others are devastated by experiences that, on the surface, appear to be less upsetting. It’s not the objective facts, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more endangered, helpless, and unprepared you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized.

What Are Some Common Reactions to Trauma?

  • Depression - Emotional numbness/detachment
  • Inability to form close, satisfying relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias - fears
  • Poor Concentration
  • Hair trigger stress response (dizziness, pounding heart, nausea)
  • Disturbing memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
  • Sense of a foreshortened, limited future
  • Anger
  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Dissociation
  • Guilt and self-blame
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Feeling disconnected or numb
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling sad or hopeless

What About Trauma in Children?

Early trauma can diminish/impede a child's potential intellectually, emotionally and psychologically. Unresolved or early trauma in children can look like ADHD and it can impact the developing attachment relationship.

What Are Children's Common Reactions to Trauma?

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Guilt
  • Acting younger - regression
  • Inability to focus
  • Developmental delays
  • Speech delays
  • Symptoms of Attachment Disorder
  • Inability to self regulate
  • Poor social skills
  • Withdrawal
  • Acting out

Can EMDR Be Used For Grief?

Yes. Often when we lose someone or something dear to us, we experience a shattering of our inner emotional worlds. Prior to our loss we base our lives on assumptions, both conscious and unconscious, about how life "should be." The loss of a loved one places us on a collision course with unrealized hopes and dreams, and consequently we are forced to grieve what is no more and what will never be. Grief is a natural, unlearned process that unfolds in a unique manner for each person. Coming to terms with loss is a journey in which the individual discovers how life can be meaningful in spite of shattered assumptions. However, there are numerous obstacles along the path of grief. Many bereaved individuals struggle with powerful feelings of depression and lack of meaning; fear and loneliness, unrelenting guilt over words said and unsaid, actions completed and uncompleted, and deep anger.Many people progress along the path of grief without encountering serious setbacks. Others, however, encounter painful emotional roadblocks that keep the individual stuck in suffering and discomfort.

What is a Certified EMDR Therapist?

A certified EMDR therapist has a minimum of two years experience, has competed an EMDRIA approved training program in EMDR, has conducted a minimum of 50 clinical EMDR sessions, has 12 hours of continuing education in EMDR, and has received 20 hours of consultation by an approved consultant.

What is an Approved EMDR Consultant?

EMDRIA Approved Consultants must meet all criteria to be Certified in EMDR. In addition, they must have three years of experience with EMDR after completing an EMDRIA Approved Training Program, have conducted at least three hundred clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and have received 20 hours of consultation from an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. They must complete twelve hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years.

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What is an Intensive Therapy Format?

Traditional therapy occurs one hour a week for months or years. Intensive therapy provides a jumpstart to healing as months of therapy are compacted in a 3-10 days of therapy. This allows the client to focus on healing the symptoms of trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. Results normally achieved from months or years of therapy can be seen in small fraction of the time and can produce life-long results.



Roxanne believes in the power of play therapy as a way for children to work through problems, learn appropriate responses and become socially and emotionally well.  Parents and educators acknowledge that for most young children verbal communication, especially regarding problems, is very difficult.  Through play therapy, Insight Counseling provides a way for children to "talk" about their problems in a nonverbal way. Roxanne  has extensive experience counseling young children and families in a variety of settings and is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor.   Roxanne co-authored a chapter, "Play Therapy Techniques with Very Young At-Risk Children in Child Care Settings", published in the book Play Therapy with Very Young Children.

Frequently Questions About Play Therapy

What is "Play Therapy"?

Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Children, even those who are talkative, express themselves more easily and completely through their play. Children often have difficulty understanding and expressing emotions. Child-centered play therapy gives children a safe, nonjudgmental place to express their thoughts and feelings. In the playroom, toys, games and activities are used like words. Children are able to develop problem-solving skills, assume responsibility, practice self-control, rehearse experiences, engage in self-discovery, develop communication and social skills and build relationships. Play therapy allows children the opportunity to work through, heal, and move past the difficulties in their young lives.

Who can provide play therapy for my child?

Only a trained professional should provide this service for you and your child. "Registered Play Therapists" hold a masters level mental health degree (Masters Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or Marriage and Family) and have under gone extensive training and supervision (over 150 hours of continuing education and 350 hours of supervision) to become certified by the Association for Play Therapy.
Some questions to ask that may help you in choosing a professional are:

  • Are you a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S)?
  • What is your training as a mental health professional?
  • Are you licensed?
  • What mental health degree(s) have you earned?
  • Have you received formal education in working with children?
  • Have you received formal play therapy education?
  • What method of therapy do you use to work with children?

When does a child need therapy?

As children grow they often experience difficulty coping at some time (at home, at school, with divorce and separation, with other children, etc.), or they exhibit behaviors which concern parents or teachers. Generally, if a parent, a child's teacher, or pediatrician is concerned about a child's behavior or difficulty adjusting, play therapy may be the recommended approach to help a child.

Why Play in Therapy?

Through play, children learn about their world; understand how things work; express themselves; develop new physical skills;develop new cognitive skills; and develop social skills and bonds. Play is the "language" with which children first communicate to others. Play is, therefore, the most effective vehicle through which adults can understand and guide children. When there is a lack of emotional or social skills children learn more positive behaviors through play. Children's play is their most powerful tool for learning and growing.

How will Play Therapy benefit my child?

Children benefit from Play Therapy in many ways. Research supports the effectiveness of Play Therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including:

  • post-traumatic stress
  • conduct disorder
  • aggression
  • anxiety/fearfulness
  • depression
  • ADHD
  • impulsivity
  • low self-concept
  • reading difficulties
  • social withdrawal
It has been used successfully with children whose problems are related to life stressors; such as, divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, physical/sexual abuse, domestic violence and natural disasters. – Association for Play Therapy

How long will it take to resolve the problems?

As with any counseling or therapy, it is often difficult to determine the exact number of sessions which will be needed to resolve problems or issues. Of course, some children will improve faster and others with more complex or on-going problems may take longer. Insight Counseling is committed to providing comprehensive counseling until all issues are resolved.

How does play therapy work?

Play therapy provides children a secure environment to safely confront their problems and find creative solutions. Often children’s “problem behavior” is what they have come to believe is their only option for solving their problems or seeking help. Play therapy allows them to change the way they perceive their problems, understand emotions and act in a more appropriate effective way to resolve their problems.

How do parents talk with their children about their therapy sessions?

It is important not to pressure children to talk about their sessions. Therapists will talk openly with parents about anything that takes place in sessions relating to children's safety or any other important information. Remember that children are given privacy in order to allow for self-expression. It is important to remember that progress takes time and children must be allowed to work at their own pace in order to build a trusting therapeutic relationship.

What is filial therapy?

Parents often come to us feeling helpless, not knowing where to turn and lacking the ability to help their children. Insight Counseling Center strives to help strengthen the relationships within the family and through filial therapy we help parents help their children by becoming "therapeutic agents".

Filial Therapy is a highly effective, evidence-based intervention that integrates family therapy and play therapy to address child and family problems. Parents are taught to become “therapeutic agents” for their children, learning play therapy techniques and limit setting. Strong relationships within the family contribute to the overall adjustment of children and parents alike. Many common child and family difficulties, including severe ones, can be overcome by building strong healthy relationships among family members. Eventually, the therapeutic play sessions move to the home setting and parents use the skills they have learned in the home. Filial therapy has been used successfully with many child and family problems including: anxiety, abuse/neglect, depression, traumatic events, attachment difficulties, foster care and adoption, divorce, family reunification, oppositional behaviors, chronic medical illness, and others.