EMDR For Critical Incidents and Group EMDR for the Workplace

EMDR for Critical Incidents disaster and war

EMDR Treats Acute Stress Symptoms caused by Critical Incidents.


EMDR therapy can reduce acute stress symptoms that occur after a critical incident. After an incident like the death of a loved one, or a sexual assault, you might feel like your nervous system is wired. Hormones are flooding your body. This feeling can sometimes go on for several days.

 You may complain of the inability to sleep or lose your appetite. You may ruminate about a particular part of the incident repeatedly. It may even feel like you are reliving the incident. You may only remember part or none of the incident.

 Your brain does not work well when it’s still in shock. Drinking juice and water and eating good protein snacks are essential during this phase after a critical incident. Don’t beat yourself up. All of what you are experiencing is normal. It will pass. Some EMDR protocols, like the ASSYST protocol and Group protocols, are designed for these types of experiences.

 Sometimes people think, “it’s my fault,” even if they were the victim of the incident.

 EMDR therapy can prevent acute stress symptoms from turning into post-traumatic stress syndrome. If you are looking for relief from acute stress symptoms brought on by sexual assault, book an appointment as soon as possible. See my blog post here Sex & Abuse of Power

 Hire our Team for Group EMDR at Your Workplace for Staff’s Ongoing Traumatic Stress: 

Recently our Trauma Recovery Network, as part of HAP ( Humanitarian Assistance Program), has rolled out EMDR group work for disasters, war and critical incidents.

 Our team has successfully facilitated several groups working with displaced women of war with good results. If you manage a team of employees suffering from vicarious trauma, we can provide a 2-day workshop to treat each person’s negative symptoms using an EMDR protocol designed for groups. There is no limit to the number of people in the group. Contact us for more information.

 See Group EMDR for Ongoing Traumatic Stress during and after a critical incident for hire.

 The following examples of critical incidents that I treat with EMDR are:


  • Accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Sexual Assault
  • Rape
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Victim of Crime
  • Divorce
  • Death of a loved one
  • Medical Trauma
  • Domestic Violence
  • Youth or children who have survived an incident
  • Survivors of Fire
  • Displaced persons of war
  • Refugees’ ongoing traumatic stress from war.