EMDR for Firefighters

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EMDR is a comprehensive treatment for on-the-job exposure to acute stress and trauma causing direct trauma or vicarious trauma.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is the most researched and widely accepted psycho-therapeutic method for the treatment of PTSD. EMDR treatment works directly with the brain and the way memories, thoughts, feelings and body sensations are stored when we are traumatized.

EMDR therapy is recognized as an effective and efficient method of treatment by numerous government agencies and professional associations, including the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association.

EMDR treats PTSD symptoms, depression, anxiety, addictions and chronic stress. It re-balances the nervous system to create resiliency for the demands of the job.

Critical incidents on the job can increase ones risk for developing PTSD. They include:

  • crew members death in line of duty

  • the death or serious injury of a child

  • multiple fatalities or seriously injured survivors

  • attempted or successful suicides

  • natural disasters

  • personal mishaps involving death or permanent injury

  • high emotional impact calls

  • grotesque injuries

  • acts of terrorism

  • acts of violence resulting in injury or death


Lemecia Lindsey (LICSW) is a Certified EMDR therapist and Consultant who provides EMDR to adults experiencing trauma and PTSD. She is experienced using EMDR therapy to treat first responders, including those in law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics, military personnel and healthcare workers.

Kendall Hagensen (MA, LMHCA, R-DMT) is a Somatic or Body-Oriented Mental Health Therapist trained in EMDR, which means that she utilizes our innate mind-body connection as a tool in counseling. She feels that health happens best within community, which is why she takes a holistic, integrative, and collaborative wellness approach to her personal and professional life. Kendall is also the Clinical Director at VWS.